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Wed Aug 21, 2019, 10:39 AM

Coroner: Leader of large organic food scheme dies by suicide

Last week: Leader of largest US organic food fraud gets 10-year term (Associated Press)

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Source: Associated Press

Coroner: Leader of large organic food scheme dies by suicide

By RYAN J. FOLEY
August 21, 2019

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Missouri farmer blamed for running the largest organic food fraud scheme in U.S. history has died by suicide, weeks before he was to report to federal prison to begin serving a 10-year term, a coroner said Tuesday.

Police officers found Randy Constant dead in a vehicle in his garage at his home in Chillicothe, Missouri on Monday evening, hours after federal investigators held a news conference in Iowa to highlight the prison sentence he had received. Livingston County Coroner Scott Lindley said he concluded that Constant died from carbon monoxide poisoning, and that finding was confirmed by a post-mortem examination at the University of Missouri Medical Center.

A federal judge sentenced Constant at a hearing on Friday for leading what prosecutors dubbed the “Field of Schemes fraud.” But he granted Constant the ability to self-report to prison in coming weeks after the Bureau of Prisons decided where to place him, a routine accommodation for white-collar defendants.

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Prosecutors say Constant falsely marketed non-organic corn and soybeans as certified organic on a massive scale. His sales amounted to 7 percent of organic corn grown in the U.S. in 2016 and 8 percent of the organic soybeans. Overall, from 2010 to 2017, he sold more than 11.5 million bushels of grain, or enough to fill 3,600 rail cars, prosecutors said.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 10:41 AM

1. Carbon Monoxide

That's organic.

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Response to Turbineguy (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 01:35 PM

2. Maybe not if he certified it.

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