A USDA Inspector General’s review has determined that the department was not sufficiently prepared to handle the mountain of cash – more than $28 billion — that it was handed by the Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

As a result, the OIG said it uncovered a total of about $5 billion in questionable or unsupported costs which it said it has documented in 80 previous reports. The OIG audits resulted in 84 convictions and total recoveries of $11 million, and an additional $1.5 million in forfeitures and seizures.

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