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With the Republicans in control of the Congress the people should expect no mercy, even from FEMA. Their plan is to reduce the size of government and to enrich their fat cat corporate Gods. The current budget crisis does not allow for the closing of eyes to the actions of the common folk. No. The only time the Republicans look the other way is when their rich friends proceed to take everything they can by the way of tax breaks and outright fraud. Now FEMA is coming after you.
FEMA gave out hundreds of millions in aid during the hurricane season of 2005—and it wants its money back. The agency is currently reviewing $600 million given to 154,000 victims of hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, in the belief that it may have mistakenly overpaid many of them, the AP reports. At the time, FEMA had relaxed its safeguards to handle the huge influx of claims, leading to a lot of fraud along with honest mistakes from FEMA and applicants.
FEMA has already sent letters to victims of other disasters, requesting $22 million back. New policies put in place after 2005 should make future cash recalls unnecessary, but that’s little comfort to victims who spent their aid checks years ago. “They’ll have to pry it from my dead hands if they try,” says one 75-year-old, who got a $30,000 grant to rebuild his home. The project wound up costing $566,000.
What do you think about FEMA trying to collect from disaster victims?