Former USDA Employee: Pigford Fraud Was Widely Known Inside Department

Former USDA Employee: Pigford Fraud Was Widely Known Inside Department

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Helena Pitcock, a former USDA employee who was with the agency for 32 years and who worked as a farm loan manager, says that knowledge of massive fraud in the Pigford ‘black farmers’ settlement program was widely known inside the agency. 

This admission comes among other blockbuster revelations about the multi-billion dollar stealth reparations scheme that Breitbart News has exposing for several years, including a description of how the Pigford scheme was kept alive by Senator Barack Obama in 2007.

The Pitcock interview is one of the first times that a former USDA official has gone on the record to the discuss the massive fraud in Pigford. 

The Pigford settlement was originally designed during the Clinton administration to compensate black farmers that were discriminated against by the USDA. As Breitbart News has extensively documented, however, the original settlement for about 900 farmers was hijacked by lawyers and politicians and turned into a reparations scheme that paid money out to people who never farmed a day in their lives. This was accomplished by allowing people to collect who claimed to have ‘attempted to farm’ and needed to provide no proof except for a sworn statements. Ten of thousands appear to have received tax free checks for $50,000.

In the interview, Pitcock discusses a case she personally knew about in which a young man collected $50,000 based on a claim that he attempted to get a USDA loan when he was 12 years old. Pitcock also says that that man’s uncle and grandfather collected their own $50,000 checks even though neither had farmed. The young man’s father was a farmer; he did not get a $50,000 check. 

Such practices were common in Pigford, where actual farmers often did not collect whereas “attempted-to-farmers” usually did.