Remember the absolutely critical Omnibus spending bill Congress muscled through at the end of last year? It was 4,000 pages that no one read that cost taxpayers $1.7 trillion.
In our Let's Cut Some Spending series, ForAmerica will chronicle parts of the 2021 and 2022 spending bills from a variety of sources that you probably don't know about - programs, grants, and spending of all kinds that should have never happened in the first place and many that are still happening.
Today's offering: $7 million for fake farms!
The New York Post reports:
Giddy-up, pardner, and round up some COVID cash! The pandemic was a bonanza of wasteful federal spending. Case in point: a single loan processing company sent about $7 million worth of Paycheck Protection Program checks to imaginary farms in impossible places, a ProPublica investigation found. Scammers successfully claimed that tiny Beach Haven, NJ, a resort town of bungalows and marinas just north of Atlantic City, was home to phantom agricultural operations like the Beefy King cattle ranch and the Deely Nuts tree nut farm.
'There’s no farming here,' Joe Mancini, the local mayor, told the watchdog group. 'We’re a sandbar, for Christ’s sake.' The ranch, according to the fraudulent filings, operated at Mancini’s home address – where he keeps three dogs, he said, but no cows.
Old MacDonald might have had a farm, but these other folks didn't and still got $7 million of our taxpayer dollars.