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Agriculture Department paid $22 million in subsidies to dead farmers

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The Department of Agriculture likely distributed $22 million in subsidies to farmers who were no longer alive over the past four years, Federal Times repotrs.

A GAO review of department insurance data from 2008 through 2012 indicates that 3,400 farmers who have been deceased for more than two years continued to receive subsidies from the agency.

"Without accurate records of which policyholders are deceased, (the Risk Management Agency) may be less likely to rely on results from data mining and therefore be less likely to detect fraudulent, wasteful, or abusive crop insurance claims," the report says.

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