The trial has been delayed for four Mid-Columbia potato farmers or processors accused of making false reports to the Federal Crop Insurance Corp.
Tuesday, Judge Robert Whaley postponed the trial from Oct. 31 to Feb. 21, although he said he was reluctant to grant the defense request.
However, he had heard rumors that the U.S. attorney's office might re-indict and asked if the court would be better off to continue the case.
Tyler Tornabene, an assistant U.S. attorney, said he was reluctant to discuss specifics of the prosecution, but that he would recommend continuing the case.
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Jeffrey J. Gordon of Pasco; Lynn J. Olsen II of Pasco; Mark G. Peterson of Richland, and Blake T. Bennett of Pasco, and companies they owned or had ties to -- Olsen Ag, Poco and Tri-Cities Produce -- are accused of defrauding the Federal Crop Insurance Corp. of more than $9.5 million in insurance payments.
Also in Eastern Washington Federal District Court in Richland on Tuesday, Whaley heard arguments on several motions to dismiss individual counts in the case and took the information under advisement.