Welcome to the Disaster Fraud Task Force homepage. On September 8, 2005, former Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales established the Disaster Fraud Task Force to deter, detect, and prosecute instances of fraud related to the Hurricane Katrina disaster. As multiple disasters occurred in subsequent years, the Task Force expanded its mandate to all types of disaster fraud.
The Task Force will combat all types of fraud relating to disasters and their aftermath, with an emphasis on charity fraud, emergency-benefit fraud, identity theft, insurance fraud, and procurement fraud.
The Task Force includes the Criminal Division, United States Attorneys' Offices, the FBI, the Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Secret Service, the Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, federal Inspectors General, and various representatives of state and local law enforcement. The Task Force is coordinating on the federal, state, and local levels with law enforcement and with other entities involved in the relief and reconstruction effort.
This website will allow you to find current information on the work and progress of the Task Force.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Duane Montgomery, Jr., age 46, of Livonia, Michigan was found guilty by a federal jury in Detroit after a trial before the Honorable Stephen J. Murphy, III, United States District Judge.
Monday, August 5, 2013
Andy Eric Brownlee, 31, of Joplin, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to the charge contained in a Dec. 13, 2012, federal indictment.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Keishandra Houston, age 36, a resident of Slidell, Louisiana, pled guilty to wire fraud relating to an application for financial assistance in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, announced U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Alicia Wells, age 29, of New Orleans, Louisiana, pled guilty in federal court today before U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier to mail fraud relating to a fraudulent application she made to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) for financial assistance in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, announced U. S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Federal prosecutors on Thursday charged three people as part of a conspiracy to fraudulently take money from funds established to pay claims from individuals and businesses harmed by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard D. Schwein Jr.