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Dowson Farms Ordered to Pay Feds $5M

Dowson Farms Ordered to Pay Feds $5M

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A family farm business had to return federal subsidy payments that the U.S. Department of Agriculture claims they were not entitled to.

Dowson Farms of Divernon paid more than $5 million back to the United States which they received from January 2002 through December 31, 2008.

The law says only three entities are allowed to receive payments, but the Feds claim the Dowsons created multiple limited partnerships to conceal their interests.

The settlement absolves Dowson Farms from any wrongdoing, but the family’s patriarch, John Dowson, said it was time to end the inquiry.

“We did all that we could to ensure that we complied with the complex rules and regulations with every program we participated in,” said Dowson in a news release. “But the federal government has unlimited resources and we simply decided to bring a final conclusion to this.”

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