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Man Indicted in $71M Organics Fraud

Federal prosecutors have charged Rapid City, SD, businessman with selling fake organic grain and seeds


Federal prosecutors have charged a Rapid City, SD, businessman in what they say was a $71 million scheme to sell fake organic grain and seeds to fuel his extravagant lifestyle including a yacht, a multimillion dollar home and luxury cars, reports Aberdeen News.

The U.S. Attorney's Office filed an indictment for wire fraud and money laundering recently against Kent Duane Anderson, alleging he used a network of South Dakota businesses to sell non-organic grain and seed products as organic.

Anderson made a profit of about $25 million from the fake organic sales from October 2012 to December 2017, according to court documents.

According to court documents, Anderson operated a business called Green Leaf Resources that markets “certified organic” flax and canola seeds, meal and oils.

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