Farmer pleads guilty to defrauding governmentRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Jul 02 2018 9:03 AM
Dexter Day Gilbert, 40, of Campbellton, Florida pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of theft of government property. Gilbert collected more crop insurance than he was entitled to under the terms of the program.
United States Attorney Louis Franklin and Special Agent in Charge Karen Citizen-Wilcox, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General announced the guilty plea. The crop assistance program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency.
In 2016 Gilbert leased farmland in Houston County, Alabama. Gilbert fraudulently obtained over $900,000 in crop insurance funds through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). That program exists to provide farmers of certain crops with financial protection in case of losses due to unforeseen natural disasters. Each farmer can obtain up to a maximum of just $115,000 per year in NAP assistance, regardless of whether a farmer’s actual losses exceed that amount.