Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Dead Farmers Collect Cold Cash

So nothing's certain but death and taxes? Looks like you can keep collecting money from the taxpayers -- after you're dead.

An audit of the Agriculture Department's books finds Uncle Sam paid $1.1 billion in farm subsidies to farmers after they'd been planted in the ground.

The Government Accountability Office looked at payments from 1999 to 2005. The GAO found 40% of the payments went to farmers who'd been dead for more than three years -- 19% to farmers who'd been dead for seven or more years. (AP)

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