Alabama farmer pleads guilty in $919K crop insurance scam

Authorities say an Alabama farmer has acknowledged falsifying documents that allowed him to receive $919,000 in crop insurance money he wasn't entitled to.

Posted: Jun 30, 2018 11:25 PM

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say an Alabama farmer has acknowledged falsifying documents that allowed him to receive $919,000 in crop insurance money he wasn't entitled to.

The Dothan Eagle reported Thursday that Dexter Day Gilbert pleaded guilty recently to submitting false applications for the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. Authorities say the applications were submitted under his name and others.

Court documents say Gilbert, who has farms in Alabama and Florida, began submitting the applications in March 2016. The documents state Gilbert submitted 14 false claims of loss between July and November 2016, netting insurance payments of more than $919,000.

Sentencing is scheduled for September.

Authorities say Gilbert is one of three farmers from the Dothan area to be separately charged with agriculture insurance fraud.

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