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USDA Gave $303,890 in
Wool Loans to Couple Who
‘Owned No Sheep’

Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington

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Posted By:garnet, 2/14/2014 9:23:06 AM

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) gave $303,890 in wool loans to an Iowa couple that “owned no sheep.” Howard “Jack” Aleff and Reena Slominski, of Knoxville, scammed the federal government for six years and were ordered to pay the United States $1,376,670 in a civil judgment announced on Jan. 29. The married couple filed 132 fraudulent applications for “sheep that were never sheared” to receive loans awarded by the Farm Services Agency intended to encourage wool production. The program spent $7 million in fiscal year 2012.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Coy860, 2/14/2014 9:27:01 AM     (No. 9732157)

Very baaaaaaaaaaaad !

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Reply 2 - Posted by: varkdriver, 2/14/2014 9:37:59 AM     (No. 9732174)

So you CAN pull the wool over the eyes of the USDA!

I feel a bit sheepish, myself...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: JHBoatwright, 2/14/2014 9:41:02 AM     (No. 9732177)

So?
People in Congress who have no intelligence are paid trillions just to stay there out of their home State.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: pinger, 2/14/2014 9:53:17 AM     (No. 9732188)

When I want to borrow money to buy a home, someone comes out to look at it to see what the loan is for. Are our bloated government departments so overworked that transactions like these can´t be investigated before checks are dealt out like a deck of cards? It´s easy to spend other people´s money...especially if you know you have a job for life no matter what you do or don´t do. Government jobs for all!!!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: lakerman1, 2/14/2014 10:24:54 AM     (No. 9732225)

The USDA has pai out billions of dollars to black farmers who were denied USDA farm loans, or who were purportedly discouraged and didn´t even apply for a farm loan.
The case is known as Pigford.
Then along came a senator, Barack Hussein Obama, (born in Kenya to a Kenyan economist and an American anthropologist, according to his literary agent) and barack managed to put 3 billion dollars into the federal budget, to settle cases under the standards of Pigford II. Under Pigford II, if a black person ever thought about becoming a farmer, but didn´t, and could prove it by offering the statement of any one person, including a close family member, that black person was entitled to a Pigford II settlement.
So a few hundred thousand dollars to sheep shearing swindlers is small potatoes.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: SiliconValleyDude, 2/14/2014 10:25:17 AM     (No. 9732227)

They flee and go on the lam.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: kanphil, 2/14/2014 11:03:20 AM     (No. 9732306)

They sheared no sheep, but they certainly fleeced the American public.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: RancherJack, 2/14/2014 11:12:24 AM     (No. 9732330)

So .. fleecing the taxpayer ain´t just a metaphor ..

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Reply 9 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 2/14/2014 11:33:08 AM     (No. 9732384)

A fellow I knew in Brooklyn - - was able to collect almost endless unemployment checks - - by claiming to be a shepherd.

Try as he might - - he just couldn´t find a flock to tend.

You can´t make up this stuff.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 2/14/2014 11:31:16 PM     (No. 9733170)

Could we see the fleecers ?

Right up there with land owners who put a cow on empty property in the city to get an agriculture exemption.

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