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Farmer Pleads Guilty to False Organic Grain Sales

Randy Constant faces a potential prison sentence of 12 years or more

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A farmer who owned an Iowa grain brokerage has pleaded guilty to falsely marketing $140 million dollars' worth of corn, soybeans and wheat as "certified organic," reports the Star Tribune.

Sixty-one-year-old Randy Constant of Chillicothe, MO, pleaded guilty to wire fraud Thursday under a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Constant faces a potential prison sentence of 12 years or more, but that could be reduced at sentencing due to his ongoing cooperation.

The deal calls for Constant to forfeit $128 million, but his lawyer says he's broke.

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