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Aug. 31, 2017ALBANY, Mo. |  By: Coffey

Ruckman acquitted of fraud scheme

A northwest Missouri farmer has been acquitted of a fraud scheme to receive federal crop insurance payments to which he was not entitled.

60-year-old Ryan A. Ruckman of Albany, Mo., was originally charged in an eight-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City in January alleging he defrauded the government of nearly $800,000 by claiming federal benefits in his son's name in order to receive additional payments from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

According to a spokesperson for the Western District of Missouri in Kansas City, Ruckman was acquitted of those charges this week.