SPINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The owners of a central Illinois
farming business that will pay $5.3 million to settle allegations it faked
partnerships to avoid limits on subsidies say they did nothing wrong.
The Department of Justice on Jan. 29 said Dowson Farms of
Divernon agreed to the settlement. The department accused three of the owners of
creating fake partnerships in the names of employees to bypass caps on subsidies
between 2002 and 2008. The three didn’t admit any wrongdoing.
In a statement emailed Jan. 30, the owners said they had
U.S. Department of Agriculture officials look over their legal structure before
applying for subsidies.
One of the owners, John Dowson, said they agreed to the deal
only to be done with their legal battle with the government.
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