Crop Insurance: Anatomy of a Fraud

U.S. prosecutors say that more than 40 individuals in North Carolina were involved in the largest fraud in the crop insurance program's 75-year history. Over the course of a decade, a series of false loss claims cost taxpayers almost $100 million. One ring of corruption was led by North Carolina insurance agent Robert Carl Stokes. Here's how he worked the system:

Published Sept. 10, 2013

Sources: U.S. Department of Justice documents, Bloomberg reporting

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