May 15, 2002 - A Nolan County, Tex., producer was convicted April 11, 2002,
on 22 federal charges involving false crop insurance claims. The
producer, Scott Fullwood of Roscoe, Tex., was found guilty on
eight counts of making false claim to the Government, four counts
of mail fraud, nine counts of making false statements, and one
count of conspiracy, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney William
Risk Management Agency's (RMA) Southern
Regional Compliance Office and USDA's Office of Inspector
General (OIG) assisted in the U.S. case against the producer.
RMA and OIG used boll weevil eradication program records and infrared
satellite images of Fullwood's farms in the investigation.
Fullwood is the sixth person convicted in connection with crop
insurance fraud in the county. All six convictions stem from a
case involving insurance adjuster Darren Randell Jeffrey, who
pleaded guilty in 2001 to falsifying appraisals on more than $700,000
of crop insurance loss claims in 1999 for six cotton and grain
Fullwood's sentencing will take place in about 2 months.