Farmer Charged With False Crop Insurance Claims

July 21, 2008

A San Joaquin County, Calif., farmer has been indicted for allegedly filing false claims for crop insurance benefits.

Federal investigators say 47-year-old Gregory Peter Torlai Jr. of Stockton, Calif., filed six false claims for losses on wheat and safflower between 2001 and 2005. He collected more than $400,000 in crop insurance payments.

Federal investigators say Torlai made false statements about his share of ownership in certain farming operations and in the number of acres planted.

If convicted, Torlai faces 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

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