An Elkton man is suspected of theft and receiving over $142,000 in crop payments not belonging to him, according to an arrest warrant from Kentucky State Police.

Richard Jake Hicks, 31, is accused of receiving payments in the amount of $142,720.83 between Oct. 2, 2015, and Sept. 15 for corn and soybeans that did not belong to him from Christian County Grain in Pembroke. According to the warrant, Hicks has not participated in any farm service agency programs.

He was charged Oct. 8 at Fort Campbell with theft by deception of $10,000 or more when Christian County sheriff’s deputies served a warrant.

He was also charged Sept. 20 in Todd County with theft by unlawful taking $10,000 or more for allegedly stealing three truckloads of grain from Jack Gant, Elkton, of Christian County Grain and selling it under his name for approximately $11,000. The warrant indicates the investigation into that incident led to KSP determining Hicks had received payment for the additional loads over the two-year time period.

Hicks was arraigned Monday on the Todd County charges. He’s scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 25 on the Christian County charges.

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