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Nichols Brothers’ Principles Flexible

James Douglas Nichols disavowed the government, but that did not stop him from collecting almost $90,000 in subsidies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, sources said Monday.

Subsidy payments totaling $89,950 were sent to Nichols from 1986 to 1992, long before his arrest last week as a material witness in the Oklahoma City bombing.

His younger brother Terry, also being held as a material witness, has mocked U.S. currency as worthless, which in his mind justified using credit cards to rack up $31,000 in unpaid bills. “How can anyone pay anything with no real genuine value?” he wrote in 1993 after two resulting lawsuits.