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Missouri Farmer Sentenced in Grain Fraud Case

John Burton, Clarksdale, was sentenced to 22 months in federal prison

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A northwest Missouri farmer will be heading to federal prison after being sentenced for his role in a large organic fraud scheme, reports MissouriNet.

Federal prosecutors in Cedar Rapids, IA, announced 52-year-old John Burton of Clarksdale was sentenced on Monday to 22 months in federal prison for his role in the $142 million grain fraud scheme, which federal prosecutors describe as the "Field of Schemes."

Burton’s case is related to the late Randy Constant, 61 of Chillicothe, who pleaded guilty last December in Iowa to one count of wire fraud. Constant committed suicide in August, after being sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

As for John Burton, he pleaded guilty in May to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

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