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Get Hurricane Help? FEMA May Want Money Back
The Associated Press ^ | March 20, 2006 | AP

Posted on 03/20/2006 2:03:05 PM PST by Westlander

BEAUMONT, Texas -- Thousands of people who received money from the federal government after Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma might be asked to give it back.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency started sending letters last week asking people to return money they received in error.

(Excerpt) Read more at clickondetroit.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana; US: Mississippi; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: fema; hurricane; katrina; rita; welfarestate; wilma
I tinks the money be spent.
1 posted on 03/20/2006 2:03:08 PM PST by Westlander
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To: Westlander

I want my debit card now because I hear there will be a hurricane to hit the east coast this summer and I want to beat the rush.


2 posted on 03/20/2006 2:05:52 PM PST by Dog (We have had a date with destiny and Iran for 27 years---appealof2)
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To: Westlander

FEMA giveth and FEMA taketh away? :)
How will they get this money back?
Weren't the majority of hurricane victims on welfare?


3 posted on 03/20/2006 2:07:54 PM PST by stopem
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To: Westlander

If the parties that be haven't already sent back the
errant monies, they probably never will.


4 posted on 03/20/2006 2:08:07 PM PST by wolfcreek
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To: Westlander
What 'till the MSM starts running the

"Bu I'z needs the money" info-mertials that masquerades as the evening news show.
5 posted on 03/20/2006 2:11:26 PM PST by PeteB570 (Guns, what real men want for Christmas)
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To: Westlander; All

Interesting. I wonder if there could be a case made that the people who received the money, knowing they received it under false pretenses, could face criminal prosecution? I've always maintained that federal money should not be used to finance private home reconstruction. However, the idea of getting transfer payments back puts an even more interesting twist on things.


6 posted on 03/20/2006 2:13:00 PM PST by econjack
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To: Westlander
While FEMA tries to track down those funds, a House committee said Monday it would review several post-Katrina hurricane contracts for waste and abuse, citing recent concerns about limited oversight and the haste in which they were awarded.

The media's demands for faster response is in direct contradiction with their demand that no mistakes be made. When you move very fast, mistakes WILL be made. That is one of the costs of fast response.

However, not moving fast often has much higher costs. The media seems to believe immediate response with no mistakes is possible. It isn't.

7 posted on 03/20/2006 2:15:45 PM PST by Restorer
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To: PeteB570

If the 'Looter Guy' returns his empty Heineken bottles, will he get his deposit back?


8 posted on 03/20/2006 2:17:23 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: Westlander

And how much will this futile attempt cost?


9 posted on 03/20/2006 2:18:49 PM PST by synbad600
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To: Westlander
Why is this news?
They got different rules for different disasters?

They always want their money back. It is always a low-interest loan.

And they dole it out in dribbles.
And if you comingle your own savings with their money or otherwise don't follow their rules, they cut you off.

It's a nightmare.

10 posted on 03/20/2006 2:19:44 PM PST by Publius6961 (Multiculturalism is the white flag of a dying country)
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To: econjack
wonder if there could be a case made that the people who received the money, knowing they received it under false pretenses, could face criminal prosecution?

You betcha. My understanding of this story is these folks got wiped out by a hurricane, and when another one breezed through town they filed a second claim on property that came pre-destroyed.

11 posted on 03/20/2006 2:20:53 PM PST by Cyber Liberty ( 2006, Ravin' Lunatic since 4/98)
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To: econjack

There have been prosecutions of people who filed fraudulently.


12 posted on 03/20/2006 5:40:46 PM PST by CajunConservative (Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Jindal.)
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