Thursday, February 08, 2007

Government's motto: "When it's not your money, why try to be careful?"

FEMA Wants Over $300M in Katrina Aid Back

NEW ORLEANS Feb 6, 2007 (AP)— In the neighborhood President Bush visited right after Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. government gave $84.5 million to more than 10,000 households. But Census figures show fewer than 8,000 homes existed there at the time.

Now the government wants back a lot of the money it disbursed across the region.

The Federal Emergency Management Administration has determined nearly 70,000 Louisiana households improperly received $309.1 million in grants, and officials acknowledge those numbers are likely to grow.
It wasn't the bureaucrats' own money they were handing out like candy, so why should they exercise even the least bit of caution?

Katrina's aftermath: $62 billion in fraud, and growing.

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