Sour grapes: Government says farmer owes $650,000 for not handing over raisins

Published: Monday, July 8 2013 12:45 p.m. MDT

A 68-year-old raisin farmer from California has broken federal law for 11 years by refusing to give the government a portion of the raisins he has cropped, according to The Washington Post.

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Marvin Horne owes the government a lot of money, but not for unpaid taxes or federal loans.

It's because of raisins.

Horne is a 68-year-old raisin farmer from California, and he has broken federal law for 11 years by refusing to give the government a portion of the raisins he has cropped, according to The Washington Post.

The law was created under the presidency of Harry S. Truman to prevent farmers from going out of business in the years after World War II.

Horne obeyed the law for years, but in 2002, he decided he had enough and stopped giving a chunk of his raisin supply to the feds.

“I believe in America. And I believe in our Constitution. And I believe that eventually we will be proved right," Horne told The Post. “They took our raisins and didn’t pay us for them.”

Editor's Note: The original version of this story posted on July 8, 2013, failed to properly follow our editorial policies. The story was shortened on Oct. 8, 2013, to fall within our editorial guidelines for aggregation.

Read more about Marvin Horne on the Washington Post.

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