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A Missouri man who was convicted and sentenced to prison for racking up millions and millions by falsely advertising organic food, and died by committing suicide, a coroner said on Tuesday.
Randy Constant, 61, was found dead in a car in the garage, of Chillicothe, Mo., home Monday night, according to police.
The investigators held a news conference in Iowa, hours before the announcement of the Constant term of imprisonment.
The Livingston County coroner said it is a Constant death due to carbon monoxide poisoning. The finding, which was confirmed by post-mortem examination at the University of Missouri-kansas city Medical Center, ” he said.
Prosecutors said they are Constantly, mistakenly, sold it to non-organic corn and soy beans as certified organic on a massive scale. Its sales amounted to 7 percent of the organic corn grown in the united states in 2016 and to 8 per cent, of the organic soya beans.
Prosecutors say a Missouri farmer and Randy Constant, of millions due to false and the marketing of non-organic corn and soy beans as certified organic on a massive scale.
Constant is also the owner of an Iowa-based brokerage, which was sold to grain as a feed for poultry and cattle. These animals are then sold for their meat and meat products, which were marketed as organic.
U. S. District Court, C. J., and Williams kept saying before, “an extreme and incalculable harm” to consumers who were deceived into paying to purchase the so-called “organic” products, such as eggs and beef. Instead, they bought food, which is based on agricultural practices such as the use of chemical herbicides and pesticides to grow crops, ” he said.
A federal judge sentenced a Constant at a hearing on Friday, leading to what prosecutors called the “Field of Schemes, such as fraud.”
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“We are still in a state of shock and disbelief over yesterday’s events, as my husband took his own life,” the Constant wife, Pam, said in a statement. “I know that Randy was very ashamed of his behavior. As much as we have tried to be there for him … it was clearly too much for Randy.”
She told me that he was going to go down in history as the “great father, community leader, tireless volunteer, and my dear husband of 39 years of age.”
Constant, had been free on bond since pleading guilty to wire fraud last December and had been working with investigators since at least 2017.
Constant’s lawyer, Mark Weinhardt, described his client as a “pillar of the community who had served on the school board and donated their time and money to local causes, and the Methodist church. He said that he was shocked by the contrast between a consistent record of good deeds, and his long-lasting fraud is up.
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Constant’s death came as prosecutors announced his sentence, which, it was said that she was going to scare off the other farmers in the light of the National Organic Program.
“Randy is Constant, and his co-conspirators lied to the American public, and cheated on thousands and thousands of consumers,” U.S. Attorney Peter E. Deegan, Jr. it has been said. “For years, the Constant personal greed and self-interest above all else.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.