- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Two south-central Kentucky farmers have pleaded guilty to crop insurance fraud.

The U.S. attorney’s office says 53-year-old David Manion and 48-year-old Henry Manion of Allen County admitted making false statements and reports on applications for insurance.

The prosecutor’s office said in a news release the defendants made false statements to influence insurance payments of the Federal Crop Insurance Crop. and Producers Agriculture Insurance Co. The release said David Manion also had insurance provided by Rural Community Insurance Services.

The violations occurred between August 2009 and February 2012. The men each admitted intentionally overstating crop damage resulting in losses of more than $1.1 million.

Terms of the plea agreement say prosecutors will recommend sentences at the lowest end of the guideline range and the men will be required to make full restitution.

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