Wakeeney farmer pleads guilty to crop insurance, bankruptcy fraud

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) A farmer from Wakeeney could spend the rest of his life in jail for crop insurance and bankruptcy fraud.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Kevin Struss, 63, pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges of crop insurance fraud and bankruptcy fraud.

Struss under-reported his 2015 corn crop by more than 23,000 bushels and his sorghum crop by more than 31,000 bushels, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Struss also admitted to lying on a 2018 bankruptcy filing, answering "no" to a question about any recent property transfers.

McAllister said Struss actually made two transfers to another person totaling $470,000.

Sentencing is set for January 21st. He faces up to 30 years in prison and more than $1.25 million in fines.