October 10, 2005
More Hurricane Relief Fraud
The aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita certainly presents plenty of opportunities for people to lie to get some of that "free" federal money. A press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas (here) reports on the mail fraud charge filed against Joseph Johnson:
Johnson allegedly devised a scheme to defraud the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by submitting a false claim that he was a resident of the Beaumont area and entitled to receive disaster relief benefits because his residence had been destroyed and he was in need of emergency food shelter and clothing, none of which was true.
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