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Minnesota farmer James Clayton Wolf has been indicted on three counts of wire fraud for allegedly orchestrating a six-year scheme in which he sold non-organic grains worth $46 million to buyers who thought they were getting the real deal.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), between 2014 and 2020, Wolf, who’s a certified organic farmer, bought non-organic corn and soybeans and resold them as “organic” to unsuspecting buyers. He allegedly showed buyers his National Organics Program certification but didn’t tell them they were buying non-organic products.

Wolf was also allegedly violating organic farming standards by growing crops with chemical fertilizers and pesticides, the DOJ reports. (See “Cottonwood County Farmer Charged with $46 Million Organic Grain Fraud Scheme,” DOJ, press release, July 11, 2022.) 

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