The U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace within the Japanese District of California March 10 introduced that Jatinderieet “Jyoti” Sihota was arrested on a federal indictment.
The indictment is charging Sihota, 34, of Selma, with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and mail fraud for the submission of over $790,000 in fraudulent crop insurance coverage claims, Appearing U.S. Legal professional Phillip A. Talbert introduced.
The indictment was unsealed following her arrest, the discharge mentioned.
In response to court docket data, from no less than November 2013 via September 2016, Sihota managed her household’s farms in Fresno and Tulare Counties that produced desk grapes, plums and different crops.
The crops had been bought via fruit brokers in California’s Central Valley to grocery store chains and different third-party patrons, the court docket data confirmed.
All through this era, the Indian American and others prompted her household’s farms to acquire federally backed crop insurance coverage insurance policies via the U.S. Division of Agriculture Danger Administration Company’s Federal Crop Insurance coverage Program. They then submitted fraudulent insurance coverage claims for crop losses on account of extreme warmth, rain, and different causes that didn’t really happen, based on the discharge.
Sihota and others, together with people on the produce brokers via which the crops had been bought, altered data to misrepresent the varieties, portions, and different info concerning the crops that had been bought and submitted the data to the insurance coverage program to help the fraudulent claims, the court docket data mentioned.
These misrepresentations established enough crop losses to acquire insurance coverage funds. When the insurance coverage loss adjusters contacted Sihota and others to substantiate the accuracy of the representations, they confirmed that the representations had been correct and full, however genuinely, they weren’t, it mentioned.
If convicted, Sihota faces a most statutory penalty of 20 years in jail and a tremendous of as much as $250,000 for every of the conspiracy and mail fraud costs.