Missouri man sentenced on federal subsidy and insurance fraud charges

A New Madrid County, Missouri, man was sentenced to prison Tuesday on federal charges involving farm subsidy and crop insurance fraud. 

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri says 49-year-old Bobby Lowery of Parma, Missouri, was sentenced to 24 months in prison Tuesday, Aug. 16. He pleaded guilty in May to two felony counts of making false statements about crop insurance benefits, one felony count of theft of government property and one felony count of wire fraud. 

The attorney’s office says Lowery obtained $240,367 in direct and counter-cyclical payments in the name of John Radin Farms — which he owned and operated — from 2007 to 2012. Between 2008 and 2012, the attorney’s office says, $207,729-worth of multiple peril crop insurance indemnities, premium subsidies, and administrative subsidies were paid on behalf of John Radin Farms.

It also says Lowery transmitted extended work search waivers by wire to the Missouri Division of Employment Security between 2006 and 2011, and reported his employees on a temporary layoff when they were actually still working and being paid. The attorney’s office says that resulted in more than $60,000-worth of unemployment insurance benefits being paid to ineligible employees.

Lowery was sentenced Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr, in Cape Girardeau.