Illinois Farm Settles Subsidy Fraud Case For $5.4 Million

Dowson Farms, a farm business based in Divernon, Illinois, paid $5,364,000 to the U.S. to resolve False Claims Act allegations that it defrauded the federal farm subsidy program from 2002 to 2008 by avoiding the statutory caps on farm subsidy payments. Specifically, the owners of Dowson Farms, John J. Dowson, John C. Dowson, Darrel Thoma, Amy D. Thoma, and Melissa D. Vorreyer, created sham corporate entities in order to receive additional farm subsidies from the federal government which they were not entitled to. The settlement was reached out of court by the U.S. Attorneys’ Office for the Central District of Illinois before any lawsuit was initiated.

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