- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 26, 2017

MONROE, La. (AP) - A Louisiana farmer has been convicted of charges he created “shell farms” to fraudulently obtain more than $1.6 million in federal subsidies.

Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander Van Hook’s said in a news release that a federal jury deliberated for about five hours before convicting 33-year-old Brad McIntyre, of Bastrop, last Friday of mail fraud, money laundering and conspiracy charges.

McIntyre, a fourth-generation farmer who owns Delta Agriculture and Company, faces prison time when he’s sentenced Oct. 4. His trial in Monroe lasted five days last week.

Van Hook’s office says McIntyre engaged in a scheme to create fictitious farming operations to avoid limits on annual payments from a U.S. Farm Service Agency program.

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