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Illinois Farm Settles Case
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Thu Jan 30, 2014 08:28 AM CST

OMAHA (DTN) --- A central Illinois farm family has agreed to pay $5.364 million in an out-of-court settlement with the federal government, which alleged the family had manipulated statutory caps on farm-program payments from 2002 through 2008.

The family at the center of the case said they settled with the federal government to end a relentless investigation even though they worked on their farm's business structure with agricultural attorneys and consulted USDA employees.

The federal government had alleged that Dowson Farms of Divernon, Ill., violated the False Claims Act by creating "sham entities," according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in ...

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