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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

New Madrid County Man Sentenced on Federal Charges Involving Farm Subsidy and Crop Insurance Fraud

Cape Girardeau, MO – Bobby David Lowrey was sentenced to 24 months in prison on multiple charges involving federal crop insurance fraud, theft of government property and wire fraud.

According to court documents, Bobby David Lowrey owned and operated farms and related businesses in Parma, New Madrid County, Missouri, including Bobby David Lowrey Farms, Lowrey and Lowrey, Inc. of Parma, Missouri, John Radin Farms and Kathy Ellsworth Farms.

Bobby David Lowrey placed farms in other people’s names in order to obtain federal farm subsidy payments that he was not entitled to receive under the Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment Program.  The investigation disclosed that John Radin, the alleged operator of Radin Farms, was employed by Bobby David Lowrey and not actively engaged in farming and did not have any financial interest in the farming operations. Lowery made false statements to the United States Department of Agriculture pertaining to the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation and Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment Program. 

From 2007 to 2012, Bobby David Lowrey obtained $240,367 in direct and counter-cyclical payments in the name of John Radin Farms.  Additionally, $207,729 worth of Multiple Peril Crop Insurance Indemnities, premium subsidies and administrative subsidies were paid on behalf of John Radin Farms between 2008 and 2012. 

The investigation also disclosed that between 2006 and 2011, Bobby David Lowrey transmitted by wire “Extended Work Search Waivers” to the Missouri Division of Employment Security, and reported that his employees were on a temporary layoff, when in reality they were still working and being paid.  The transmissions made to the Missouri Division of Employment Security resulted in more than $60,000 worth of Unemployment Insurance benefits being paid to employees that they were not eligible to receive.

Bobby David Lowrey, Parma, MO, pled guilty in May to two felony counts of making false statements regarding crop insurance benefits, one felony count of theft of government property and one felony count of wire fraud.  He appeared today in Cape Girardeau for sentencing before United States District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr.

This case was investigated by the United States Department of Agriculture-Office of Inspector General-Investigations, Missouri State Highway Patrol-Rural Crimes Investigative Unit and United States Department of Labor-Office of Inspector General-Investigations. Assistant United States Attorney Anthony L. Franks handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Updated August 19, 2016