Oct 24, 2002 - On September 16, 2002, Leon Norman, of Moultrie, Georgia, was indicted
on a charge of theft by deception for filing a false crop insurance claim. According
to the Risk Management Agency (RMA), Eastern Regional Compliance Office, the claim
resulted in improper payments totaling nearly $40,000.
The indictment resulted from an investigation by RMA and the Georgia Bureau of
Investigation. This is the first time RMA and a State Bureau of Investigation have
collaborated to produce an indictment. The agencies investigated allegations that
Norman, doing business as Normco Land Management, used false yield and acreage
reports to claim an insurance loss. Some of these records were also used to take
advantage of programs administered by the Colquitt County Farm Service Agency
(FSA). RMA continues to investigate other facets of the case including the
involvement of others.