FEMA katrina fraud
BATON ROUGE, LA – United States Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux, Jr. announced today that August 29, 2010, marks the five year anniversary of Katrina. In an effort to reduce suffering after Katrina, Federal Emergency Management Agency provided relief funds to those in need. However, some persons fraudulently applied for and received these FEMA funds.
In September 2005, the Attorney General created the Hurricane Katrina Fraud Task Force, designed to deter, investigate, and prosecute disaster-related federal crimes such as charity fraud, identity theft, procurement fraud, and insurance fraud. The Hurricane Katrina Fraud Task Force includes members from the FBI, the Federal Trade Commission, the Postal Inspector’s Office, and the Executive Office of the United States Attorneys, among others.
As a result of the work of this task force, the United States Attorney’s Office of the Middle District of Louisiana has convicted over 174 persons in the nine surrounding parishes and has collected over 1.8 million dollars in fraud related monies.
United States Attorney Cazayoux stated: “Our goal is to ensure that the persons who fraudulently obtained these funds after this natural disaster were prosecuted and that their prosecution will serve as a warning to those in the future who would steal funds which are intended for those in great need.”
If you have knowledge of fraud, waste, abuse, or allegations of mismanagement involving disaster relief operations, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud toll free at: (866) 720-5721 or e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org