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Columbus County couple indicted for crop insurance fraud

A 19-count indictment alleges Milton Russ Barnhill and Sharon Turbeville Barnhill filed false federal crop insurance claims that were reimbursed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A 19-count indictment alleges Milton Russ Barnhill and Sharon Turbeville Barnhill filed false federal crop insurance claims that were reimbursed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

TABOR CITY, NC (WECT) – A Tabor City couple has been indicted in U.S. district court for crop insurance fraud.  

The 19-count indictment alleges Milton Russ Barnhill and Sharon Turbeville Barnhill filed false federal crop insurance claims that were reimbursed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  

The couple also made false statements in connection with the federal crop disaster program and committed bank fraud by lying about collateral to get a loan, according to the indictment filed Feb. 27.  

The couple was arrested Wednesday and made their first court appearance Thursday. They were released under a number of conditions, including a requirement that they not travel outside the eastern district of North Carolina and refrain from having firearms. 

Milton Barnhill faces a maximum of 100 years in prison. His wife faces up to 30 years behind bars, according to a spokesman with the U.S. Attorney's Office.  

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