UPDATED OCT. 16, 7 P.M. — By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow and Jim Cross, U.S. Attorney’s office – A former Farm Service Agency director in Sumner County was indicted Wednesday on a charge of making $306,000 in agriculture disaster payments to applicants who had been denied approval for the money, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
Ellen A. Love, 51, Argonia, was charged with one count of unlawfully conveying federal funds. The Federal Grand Jury indictment alleges the crime occurred while Love worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as Executive Director of the Sumner County Farm Service Agency located in Wellington. Sumner Newscow has obtained the indictment from the Federal Grand Jury. It can be found here: Love indictment
According to the indictment papers, in March and early April 2013 producers Timothy Isaacs, Tracy Robyn Isaacs, Michael Andra and Tina Andra applied for Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments – also known as SURE — at the behest of Love. The USDA provides assistance to farm producers who have suffered losses as a result of agricultural disasters. To be approved, applicants must have suffered significant crop losses in a disaster-designated county and they must have had crop insurance through the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation.