Farmers Charged with Organic Food Fraud

Organic food has been becoming more and more prevalent in grocery stores across America.

Unfortunately it is easy to fake organic foods, and some farmers have done just that.

In fact, 4 farmers have been sentenced in an organic food fraud scheme.

Get this, one was even sentenced to a decade in prison for fraudulently selling organic produce. This is the largest organic food fraud scheme in US history.

So what is the deal? Lets take a look…

Organic Food Fraud Scheme

A U.S. District Court Judge, Judge C.J. Williams sentenced Randy Constant to 10 years in prison for his fraudulent actions.

During the years between 2010 and 2017, Constant defrauded 10,000’s of consumers across America. These customers thought they were buying foods such as eggs and steak, they thought were raised using organic food manufacturing methods.

Instead this livestock was raised by feed falsely labeled as organic by Constant and his conspirators. Unsuspecting farmers were simply buying conventional livestock feed labeled as organic, and at an increased price.

“Thousands upon thousands of consumers paid for products they did not get and paid for products they did not want,”

“This has caused incalculable damage to the confidence the American public has in organic products.”

US District Court Judge Williams

Constant, a 60 year old farmer used his Iowa based grain brokerage to sell products he claimed were organic, at a rate which undercut other companies selling organic products.

On August 16, 2019 Constant was sentenced to 122 months in prison along with 3 co-conspirators. Micheal Potter was ordered to serve 24 months, James Brennan was sentenced to 20 months, and James’s father, Tom Brennan, was sentenced to 3 months behind bars.. Judge Williams said that Tom Brennan’s light sentence was due to his service in Vietnam.

conventional corn and soybeans

What Organic Foods Were Fraudulently Sold?

During the two year investigation, which is still ongoing, uncovered that shocking amounts of corn and soybeans were sold which were falsely labeled as organic.

On the bright side most of these produce were actually sold as cattle and livestock feed. But the numbers are shocking!

What percentage of soybeans and corn were falsely labeled as organic?

During the year 2016 it is suspected that:

  • 7% of Organic Corn
  • 8% of Organic Soybeans

Were fraudulently sold by constant and his conspirators.

How Much did the Organic Food Fraud Cost Consumers?

Assistant Attorney Jacob Schunk estimates between $250 million and $1 billion dollars were spent on these fraudulent grains. To defraud consumers and the USDA Constant mixed small amounts of organic grain in with his grain which was conventionally grown, and not actually organic.

Whats the Bottom Line?

With Roundup exposure lawsuits numbering in the 1000’s , people are perhaps more vigilant than ever when it comes to awareness of pesticide exposure. This case isn’t even over. A 5th co-conspirator has pleaded guilty and is still awaiting sentencing.

With this Organic food fraud case undermining the public’s trust in food manufactures. Will we see an increase in public demand to increase food safety, and oversight? Only time will tell...

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Does Equifax Owe You $125 or More?

Look, we all love free money, but…

If you qualify for compensation from the Equifax class-action lawsuit,

The cost you may be facing could be that the Equifax data breach let your personal data get leaked to malicious parties.

This may come as a surprise, but information of over 143 million Americans was leaked through the Equifax Data Breach.

Get this, if you are one of those 143 million Americans, Equifax may owe you $125 or possible more, much more.

How do you find out? Lets take a look…

Do you Qualify for Money from the Class-action Lawsuit?

Here’s the deal, I know why you are here. You want to know if you qualify for free money.

I’ll cut to the chase, if you want to see if you qualify for financial compensation from the Equifax Class-action lawsuit you can go to the Equifax Data Breach Settlement linked above to see if you qualify.

By going to the link above you can see if your information was breached in the hack, and you can even file your Equifax data breach claim.

Was Your Identity Compromised By the Equifax Data Breach?

If your information was compromised, Equifax may be liable to pay you $125, and it only takes a few minutes to see if you quality for the Equifax class action and file your claim.

I first found out about this class action from Wired magazines article.

But the $125 is only the start. If your identity was stolen, or other issues occurred with your credit. You can claim the time it takes to repair your credit. Although you may want to hire a lawyer or accountant to help you work out the costs. But you may even qualify for much more than $125.

Possibly 10’s of 1000’s of dollars. This is all dependent on the amount of time it has taken you to repair your credit, and of course if your identity or credit issues are a result of the Equifax Data Breach.

If you feel like your information may have been compromised, you may be compensated for the time and it may be worth your time to consult with a lawyer or accountant on the matter.

Free Credit Monitoring Data Breach Compensation

If you qualify for compensation from Equifax data breach, you may opt out of financial compensation and instead opt for 10 years of credit monitoring from Equifax.

If your credit is something you are worried about, you may opt for the credit monitoring option over financial compensation. This may be a good idea, as your identity was possibly compromised by the data breach.

The Bottom Line on Equifax Data Breach Compensation

In 2017 it was uncovered that the financial information of 147 million Americans was compromised. If your information was leaked you may qualify for compensation. You may qualify for much more from the data breach via the class action lawsuit brought against Equifax if your information leak resulted in identity theft or similar issues.

To see if your information was compromised you can check here. If you have any questions you may want to consult your attorney or accountant.

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