Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Political corruption

"Action News investigator Robin Guess uncovered waste and fraud that sent millions of dollars in aid to Miami, while hurricane-ravaged Hardee and Desoto counties still struggle to recover. FEMA has repeatedly claimed it's doing a great job helping Florida recover from last year's hurricanes, but a federal audit released Wednesday largely confirms what Robin reported. The Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General audit reveals FEMA never actually did a damage assessment before declaring Miami-Dade County eligible for federal aid. As a result, 12,000 people who were not affected by Hurricane Frances still got FEMA money -- people like Daniel Bellegarde. Bellegarde bought new furniture with the more than $11,000 of FEMA money. Now he's charged with fraud."

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