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blackwisdom
04-21-2006, 06:58 PM
FEMA Wants $4.7M Back From Katrina Victims By RON HARRIST, Associated Press Writer 31 minutes ago

JACKSON, Miss. - Thousands of Gulf Coast residents have been told they must repay millions of dollars in federal Hurricane Katrina benefits that were excessive or, in some cases, fraudulent.

In Mississippi alone, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news/?p=Federal+Emergency+Management+Agency) said it is seeking $4.7 million from 2,044 people, telling them in a form letter that they have four months to repay or set up a payment plan.
Some storm victims got duplicate or extra benefits because of FEMA errors, FEMA spokesman Eugene Brezany said, and others might have received benefits for expenses that later were reimbursed by insurance settlements.

Some others benefited "by intentional misrepresentation" or the mistaken belief that secondary residences qualified for payments, he said.

More people could get repayment notices as more applications are reviewed, Brezany said. Recipients could have received $2,000 to $26,200.

People who get the form letter have 30 days to respond. If they don't meet the four-month deadline, the U.S. Treasury will attempt to collect the money, Brezany said.

James McIntyre, FEMA spokesman for Louisiana, could not immediately provide figures for his state or others hit by Katrina. Aaron Walker, the agency's chief spokesman, said in an e-mail he also could not immediately respond.

The form letter sent to the aid recipients said that they could appeal the charges. Even so, it said, "FEMA strongly encourages" them to pay the debt or set up a repayment plan to avoid being charged penalties or interest in case the appeal fails.

Federal auditors have faulted FEMA for much of the benefit abuse after last fall's hurricanes, citing an inadequate accounting system. The federal Government Accountability Office (http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news/?p=Government+Accountability+Office) has said thousands of inappropriate payments were made because people could repeatedly apply for and collect benefits.

In February, audits by the General Accounting Office (http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news/?p=General+Accounting+Office) and the Department of Homeland Security (http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news/?p=Homeland+Security) found that as many as 900,000 of the 2.5 million applicants who received aid under FEMA's emergency cash assistance program which included $2,000 debit cards given to evacuees were based on duplicate or invalid Social Security (http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news/?p=Social+Security) numbers, or false addresses and names.

Also in February, the Justice Department said federal prosecutors charged 212 people with fraud, theft and other counts in scams related to Gulf Coast hurricanes.
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Associated Press Writer Brett Martel in New Orleans contributed to this report.
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WARPATH
04-21-2006, 09:33 PM
That's shady, FEMA dropped off a bunch of moblile home here after the toranado a few years back............some cheap joints already run down and fallin' apart.

TUCO
04-21-2006, 10:00 PM
"we pretended like we actually helped the situation....now yall niggas gotta pay up"

Aqueous Moon
05-15-2006, 12:06 AM
More evidence of how fucked up Amerikkka really is...smh

Sicka than aidZ
05-15-2006, 12:31 AM
and there will never be a dam thing u can ever do to stop it

Aqueous Moon
05-15-2006, 12:35 AM
You feel better now?

Just saying that felt good, huh?

Amerikkka is stopping her damn self.

I don't have to do a thing, she's going down all on her own.

Sicka than aidZ
05-15-2006, 01:04 AM
yeah, it was worth it, were all in the same boat, the government fucks up everything and with the environmental issues going on these days, yall retarded if u think your seeds or whatever are gonna grow up to be strong. They're gonna die like the rest in ten to 15 years. its like a proven fact that were doomed. Global warming is whats up an there isnt a dam thing you'll ever be able to do about it. The governments not going to listen to u, especially if your broke like me. Personally i think fema knows we're fucked, but why start a panic worldwide or some shit. It would be about as gay as this know the ledge forum. A buncha cats pointing fingers and spreading hate. rediculous. Thats why i said u black gods will never get over this fucked situation your in and rule in peace and harmony. U dont have enuf time. Also, 'what go's up, must come down" have u ever thought that maybe your ancestors were the gods and now its your turn to regress and watch your surroundings go to shit. Kinda like eastern philosiphy, they believe we all get good lives, bad lives, many lives, thats why i believe the teachings of taoism. but yeah, the dinosaurs flourished, then vaporized and suffocated. maybe the black man has already served his/her term in heaven and now they're going around the wheel of becoming(buddhist) to hell. I dont know, we really have to stop tearing this place to shreds, earth. And get a clue. Were going to die, its going to be miserable, maybe it will be quick and painless. But its going to be soon. I know you'll over look this knowledge an thats cool, u have alot of hatred that keeps u from obtaining knowledge,. Staycool

hotep

Aqueous Moon
05-15-2006, 01:17 AM
yeah, it was worth it, were all in the same boat, the government fucks up everything and with the environmental issues going on these days, yall retarded if u think your seeds or whatever are gonna grow up to be strong. They're gonna die like the rest in ten to 15 years. its like a proven fact that were doomed. Global warming is whats up an there isnt a dam thing you'll ever be able to do about it. The governments not going to listen to u, especially if your broke like me. Personally i think fema knows we're fucked, but why start a panic worldwide or some shit. It would be about as gay as this know the ledge forum. A buncha cats pointing fingers and spreading hate. rediculous. Thats why i said u black gods will never get over this fucked situation your in and rule in peace and harmony. U dont have enuf time. Also, 'what go's up, must come down" have u ever thought that maybe your ancestors were the gods and now its your turn to regress and watch your surroundings go to shit. Kinda like eastern philosiphy, they believe we all get good lives, bad lives, many lives, thats why i believe the teachings of taoism. but yeah, the dinosaurs flourished, then vaporized and suffocated. maybe the black man has already served his/her term in heaven and now they're going around the wheel of becoming(buddhist) to hell. I dont know, we really have to stop tearing this place to shreds, earth. And get a clue. Were going to die, its going to be miserable, maybe it will be quick and painless. But its going to be soon. I know you'll over look this knowledge an thats cool, u have alot of hatred that keeps u from obtaining knowledge,. Staycool

hotep

Hatred??

Ya damn right I got hatred for the ones who are in power and use that power to run this Earth down and cause suffering for the masses.

Everybody should hate evil fucks like them and then maybe people will make changes and stop thinking like you do when you say the planet is gonna die anyway, so it doesn't matter.

That's what they want you to think. So, that you can stay complacent and they can keep on fucking you over.

Peace

Aqueous Moon
05-15-2006, 08:16 PM
^^^and if you don't know, now you know!

Word!