PROSECUTOR: Tobacco Farmer Pleads Guilty To Scheme

A local tobacco farmer is awaiting his sentence after pleading guilty in what prosecutors call a scheme to rip off insurance companies.

Dennis Hawley of Wilson is charged with two counts of aiding and abetting the making of materially false statements in connection with the
Federal Crop Insurance Program. Federal prosecutors say Hawley and other tobacco growers engaged in a scheme to defraud crop insurance companies of funds that get reimbursed by the federal government.

Hawley didn't fill out a conflict of interest form, which prosecutors say allowed him to collect $38,000 between 2005 and 2006.

“All government programs, whether Federal Crop insurance or other programs, must be conducted free of actual or perceived conflicts of interest. Here, the defendant failed to disclose a critical conflict of interest and he benefited substantially. We look forward to the sentencing phase of the case where these wrongs can be addressed,” said U.S. Attorney George Holding in a press release.

Nine others are charged in the same scheme.


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  • by beenthere2X Location: nc on Jul 29, 2009 at 08:41 PM
    been try one more time to wish frank outerbridge happy b-day. witn try to spoil party? true story.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jul 29, 2009 at 02:17 PM
    Want to see who's who in farm subsidy program?(welfare for rich farmers)www.ewg.org click on north carolina map and feast your eyes on the true cost of groceries.see your local farmer racking in your tax dollars.
  • by justaguy46 Location: NC on Jul 29, 2009 at 10:56 AM
    I am glad they are getting caught and I hope they bring down 10,000 more fraudsters as well.
  • by dwayne Location: beaufort on Jul 28, 2009 at 07:19 PM
    better check out Woolard insurance....Mr. D shore got some farmers happy, adjusters happy, and his pocket happy...Maybe they are in his pocket...Not going on only in Wilson...Isn't Fed crop insurance the same price for all insurance companies? Sure is interesting how one company has most of it...???
  • by B Location: NC on Jul 28, 2009 at 12:45 PM
    people wonder why ALL insurance rates are so HIGH!!!!!!!!
  • by Tom Location: NC on Jul 28, 2009 at 10:48 AM
    They need that extra income for those mac-mansions and the sea cruises and other toys.
  • by Paul Location: New Bern on Jul 28, 2009 at 09:58 AM
    That farmer cultivated quite a scheme. Reaping the harvest was too much of a load and his farm truck turneth over on the way to market. Sorry, couldn't resist.
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on Jul 28, 2009 at 09:47 AM
    I know a lot of wealthy tobacco farmers. Cotton and wheat don't bring in the big bucks like tobacco.
  • by Bacca worm on Jul 28, 2009 at 08:41 AM
    Let my people go!! Why don't you lock up the real crooks >>starting at the TOP.Not any FRAUD there is it???
  • by wilson Location: wilson on Jul 28, 2009 at 07:51 AM
    I know first hand that one of the farmer lived high on the hog.
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