Disaster relief fraud

NPRIn the days after Superstorm Sandy soaked the East Coast, New York City Department of Transportation workers cataloged the damage to the agency's fleet of vehicles. That information was handed over to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which would give the city enough money to replace the damaged vehicles with new ones.

Only one problem: Many of those vehicles were damaged before Sandy hit. Some hadn't been operational in years and had been marked for salvage long before the storm.

Remember when people said the disaster relief bills for Sandy were bloated and vulnerable to fraud? Remember when Democrats accused Republicans of being heartless for not voting on relief legislation they hadn't had a chance to read?

Yeah, there's been fraud. Millions of dollars worth of fraud, by government workers as part of their job.

This entry was published Tue Feb 26 06:47:21 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2019-02-21 11:54:20.0. [Tweet]

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