BY JUSTIN MINYARD
The Mississippi Attorney General’s Office issued an alert in reference to a recent scam regarding the Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation involving the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The aforementioned litigation was the product of a collective effort on behalf of African-American farmers to memorialize and receive recompense from the alleged discrimination of black farmers by the USDA.
Beginning with two cases — Pigford v. Glickman and Brewington v. Glickman — dating back to 1997 and 1998, the legal rigmarole was eventually settled October 2011, which resulted in a 180-day period for submitting claims under the settlement. The Claims Resolution Act of 2010, signed into law by United States President Barack Obama, allotted more than $1 billion to go toward compensating valid claims. The deadline for filing the claims was May 11, 2012.
In a press release issued by the Attorney General’s office, there have been reports of a scam related to the submission of the litigation claims.
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