A Bastrop man has been found guilty of creating shell farms so he could receive more $1.6 million in subsidy payments, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Western Louisiana.
Brad A. McIntyre, 33, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, five counts of mail fraud and four counts of money laundering.
The trial started Monday, July 10 and ended Friday, July 21.
It took the jury approximately five hours to return a guilty verdict.
According to the release, McIntyre is a fourth generation farmer and owner of Delta Agriculture and Company.
From August 2009 to Feburary 2013 McIntyre is said to have conspired to create fictitious farm operations.
When applying for Farm Service Agency’s direct program payments, McIntyre listed the names of his relatives and employees as the owners of individual farms when in fact he controlled and managed all of these farming entities, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
FSA’s Supplemental Revenue Assistant (SURE) and Crop Assistance Program (CAP) payments were each limited to $100,000 per person who experienced a qualifying crop loss because of disaster. These fake farms also fraudulently received disaster program payments from FSA.
When the FSA mailed agricultural subsidy checks to the entities, they went to Post Office boxes in Mer Rouge which were creasted and controlled by McIntyre. He unlawfully received more than $1.3 million during the course of the scheme.
“I want to thank the U.S. Attorney’s office, OIG special agents and our investigative partners for their hard work on this investigation,” USDA-Office of Inspector General ASAC Dax Roberson stated. “When the integrity of USDA’s farming programs is violated by criminal conduct, the Office of Inspector General will pursue justice to the fullest extent of the law.
“Crimes involving the laundering of monies fraudulently obtained remain a priority for the special agents of IRS–Criminal Investigation,” IRS Special Agent in Charge Jerome R. McDuffie stated. “It is imperative to the achievement of the IRS mission that these cases are investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I want the law abiding taxpayers to know that we are working diligently to ensure that these individuals are held accountable for their misdeeds with regards to violating the laws enforced by the criminal division of the IRS.”
McIntyre faces a total of 50 years in prison.