Lawmakers Warn $1.2 Billion Payout to Black Farmers Rife With Fraud

Census data reflects 33,000 African-Amercian farmers; 94,000 claim discrimination

From Fox News:

A handful of Republican lawmakers is warning against Congress approving a massive discrimination settlement that passed the Senate last week despite concerns the claims process may have been marred by thousands of potentially fraudulent applications.

Just before breaking for Thanksgiving recess, the Senate approved by voice vote a $4.6 billion package to settle claims against the government by black farmers and American Indians. The payments to black farmers account for $1.2 billion of that amount but have been the subject of intense criticism.

Lawmakers raising alarm about the payments say whistleblowers from the Department of Agriculture have come to them in confidence to warn that the money is going to claimants who don’t deserve it.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/11/23/lawmakers-warn-billion-payout-black-farmers-rife-fraud/#ixzz16tzkOcXj

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