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Kentucky Tobacco Crop Insurance Fraud Ring Results in Two More Guilty Pleas

June 5, 2023


A Kentucky farmer and his sister-in-law have pleaded guilty to a multi-year scheme to defraud the Federal Crop Insurance Corp. and companies the FCIC reinsures. ARMTech Insurance Services, now part of AgriSompo North America, paid out on some of the policies.

James McDonald and Cheryl Lynn Noble entered pleas last month and will face sentencing Sept. 7. The two may have agreed to testify against Noble’s brother, Randall Taulbee, also a farmer in eastern Kentucky. Taulbee has pleaded not guilty to the $700,000 fraud scheme and his trial in federal court in Lexington is set to begin June 26, according to court documents.

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