Feds al­ready find­ing cases of fraud

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — An­drea Noble

Fraud­sters aren’t wast­ing any time when it comes to try­ing to scam money out of vic­tims of Hur­ri­canes Har­vey and Irma, ac­cord­ing to Jus­tice Depart­ment of­fi­cials.

The Na­tional Cen­ter for Dis­as­ter Fraud has al­ready fielded 400 com­plaints of dis­as­ter-re­lated fraud fol­low­ing the deadly nat­u­ral dis­as­ters that rav­aged Texas and Florida, said Corey R. Amund­son, the cen­ter’s act­ing ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

“If Ka­t­rina is a guide, we should ex­pect to be fight­ing this for a decade af­ter,” said Mr. Amund­son, the act­ing U.S. At­tor­ney for the Mid­dle District of Louisiana.

Since the dis­as­ter fraud cen­ter was founded in the wake of Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina, it re­ceived more than 70,000 fraud com­plaints.

Many of the com­plaints in the wake of Har­vey and Irma in­volve at­tempts to de­fraud the Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency, Mr. Amund­son said.

But al­ready the cen­ter is also re­ceiv­ing re­ports of peo­ple im­per­son­at­ing FEMA em­ploy­ees and telling vic­tims they must turn over money or per­sonal in­for­ma­tion in or­der to get fed­eral aid.

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