Farmer of Fake Organic Crops Dies by Suicide

Farmer of Fake Organic Crops Dies by Suicide

This is a sad story about the temptation of greed that by all accounts ruined a good man in his community. Randy Constant of Chillicothe, Missouri, was convicted of lying to the American public and cheating thousands of customers. For years, Constant, a farmer, sold fake organic food to the public when in reality, his farm products were grown with pesticides and were not organic at all. In 2016, he sold 7 percent of the organic corn and 8 percent of organic soy beans in the country.

He was convicted to 10 years and rather than serve his sentence, he committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in his garage on August 19, 2019. He also managed to recruit and corrupt three Nebraska farmers. The judge issued prison terms to three Overton, Nebraska, farmers Constant recruited to join the scheme. “Michael Potter, 41, was ordered to serve two years behind bars; James Brennan, 41, was sentenced to one year, eight months; and his father, 71-year-old Tom Brennan, was given a three-month sentence.” Read more at AP News and a Missouri radio station, KMZU.

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