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State AG filing lawsuit against accused farmer scammer

From Mirror staff reports

The state Attorney General’s Office has filed a lawsuit against a Franklin County woman accused of scamming farmers, including one in Bedford County.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Monday the lawsuit against Diane Comrey, doing business as Earthcare & Conservation, of Willow Hill.

Through Earthcare & Conservation, Comrey sold herself as someone who could prepare and submit nutrient management plans, among other official documents, to government agencies on behalf of farmers, according to a news release. Comrey failed to do the work, submitting subpar work and failed to complete work after payment, the lawsuit claims.

The lawsuit alleges that Comrey repeatedly accepted money to do the work and, by failing to provide the services farmers paid for, violated consumer protection laws, Shapiro stated.

Comrey was hired by a farmer in Bedford County, who paid her $4,000 for services, but she submitted the plan to the farmer only after threats of legal action, Shapiro stated.

The plan Comrey submitted was full of errors and missing basic requirements, Shapiro said, causing the local conservation district to require the farmer resubmit the plan. Comrey’s resubmitted plan also failed to meet basic statutory standards, and threatened serious financial harm to the farmer’s operations as a result of the delays he stated.

“Pennsylvania’s farmers trusted Comrey to complete and submit important plans on their behalf, plans that could make or break their farming operations,” Shapiro said. “When she took their money and failed to deliver, she betrayed the trust of Pennsylvanians working in an already tightly-pinched industry.”

In another case Shapiro highlighted, a farmer from Dauphin County hired Comrey in 2019, paying her $4,266 to complete a plan and submit that plan to the necessary government agencies. After 18 months of continued attempts to contact her, he finally heard from Comrey, only for her to cancel, at the last minute, a plan to meet and deliver the plans to the farmer, Shapiro said. All the farmer’s requests for a refund to date have been ignored by Comrey, Shapiro reported.

The Office of Attorney General worked with the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Agriculture on the lawsuit.

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