|By Corey Friedman, The Wilson Daily Times, N.C.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Chief U.S. District Judge
Sasser was ordered to pay
"Today's sentence reflects the harm committed on our community as a result of this massive, multi-million-dollar fraud scheme and should serve as a deterrent for adjusters who are contemplating taking payoffs to help farmers and agents file false claims," Walker said in a Wednesday statement.
Sasser submitted fraudulent loss claims on behalf of local tobacco farmers and shared the money with farmers and insurance agents, federal prosecutors said.
Authorities accused Sasser of lying to federal and state investigators about receiving money from
Sasser pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy, wire fraud and retaliation charges on
"Adjusters play an important role when adjusting claims for producers," Special Agent-in-Charge Karen Citizen-Wilcox of the
Sasser also was sentenced to three years of federal probation after his four-year prison sentence ends.
The sentence reflected a reduction for Sasser's cooperation in the ongoing investigation, officials said.
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