Ossian, Iowa – A Missouri man at the center of what’s called the largest fraudulent organic grain scheme in U-S history will spend more than ten years in federal prison.
Sixty-one-year-old Randy Constant of Chillicothe, Missouri pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. He admitted to selling more than $142-million dollars worth of grain he claimed was certified organic — but most of it was purchased from non-organic growers.
Much of the grain was sold through his business Jericho Solutions located in Ossian, Iowa. Evidence at the trial showed at the same time Constant was selling the grain he was flying to Las Vegas to gamble and paid women to have sex with him.
Constant was sentenced to 122 months in prison and he agreed to forfeit more than 128 million dollars in proceeds from his crime.
Three farmers from Nebraska involved in the scheme also pleaded guilty to wire fraud and received sentences ranging from three months to two years in prison.