In another case, a farmer applied for oilseed subsidy on 78 hectares of land but he had also claimed for a different crop on seven hectares of the same land. The ministry decided not to prosecute because the fine would be minimal, but recovered the grant of pounds 15,733.
There were 7,220 cases where farmers' claims were reduced or rejected after spot checks. These include the case of two brothers who filed a joint claim for sheep annual premium for 100 animals but inspection showed they owned only 18 sheep. They were prosecuted and fined pounds 3,000.
The checks on the beef special premium scheme cost more than pounds 1m but uncovered irregularities valued at pounds 463,500. Colin BrownReuse content