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Prosecutors: Cooperstown potato farmers spoiled crop, defrauded government for $840,000

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FARGO – Federal prosecutors say two North Dakota brothers and potato farmers defrauded the government out of nearly $840,000 by intentionally ruining their crops to collect insurance payments.

Aaron and Derek Johnson, farmers near Cooperstown, were charged in U.S. District Court in Fargo with conspiracy to commit crimes against the United States for the alleged potato-spoiling plot in 2006, as well as four counts of making false statements.

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