A Beaver Dam farmer has been charged with crop insurance fraud for alleged offenses from 2009 through 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.
A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Jeffrey Lewke, 37, with nine counts of crop insurance fraud from a farming operation that had as many as 12,000 acres in Wisconsin in 2011 and 2012, according to the Department of Justice.
Lewke knowingly devised and executed a scheme to defraud a crop insurance company that was reinsured by the Federal Crop Insurance Corp. in a number of ways, including falsely representing that he was prevented from planting corn due to excessive moisture on land that was actually planted with corn, the Department of Justice said.
Lewke could not be reached for comment.
Counts four through nine of the indictment charge Lewke with making false statements with the purpose of influencing a crop insurance company. Each of those counts carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, a $1 million fine, and five years of supervised release.