Brothers plead not guilty in potato fraud case
FARGO — Two North Dakota farmers pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court to felony charges of trying to defraud the U.S. government out of nearly $840,000 by spoiling their own potatoes.
Aaron and Derek Johnson, brothers who farm near Cooperstown, appeared in U.S. District Court in Fargo to plead not guilty to charges related to a federal crop insurance scheme that federal prosecutors say they ran from 2006 to 2009.
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