Crop insurance fraud – Man sentenced to prison

A Mendon man was sentenced last week after he was arrested on a charge of crop insurance fraud.

Doug Diekman, 55, was sentenced Thursday to 13 months in prison and ordered to reimburse nearly $500,000.

He had pled guilty to attempting to defraud a federal crop-insurance program after obtaining an insurance payout for about 1,000 acres of land he rented to an area farmer.

Investigators discovered that Diekman obtained the payout fraudulently and that he never farmed nor had ownership of the crops. Authorities said Diekman certified that he was 100 percent owner of the crops of which he allegedly suffered losses.

He was also ordered to be under two years of supervised release.

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