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Millions in US subsidies go to deceased farmers

Investigation finds problem in several agencies

WASHINGTON — The federal government pays millions of dollars in farm subsidies each year to farmers who have died because the Agriculture Department lacks the proper controls to make sure the money it sends is going to the right people, a government audit has found.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service, which oversees the Agriculture Department’s conservation programs, sent out $10.6 million in payments between 2008 and 2012 to more than 1,000 people who had been dead for more than a year, according to the report. The Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, said the problem involved several agencies within the department.

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