posted on Jan, 25 2006 @ 03:11 AM
The FBI is investigating an unspecified number of instances of fraud, corruption, and misuse of public office, all of which occured in the aftermath
of hurricane Katrina. Relief efforts resulted in an increased oppurtunity for unethical people to take advantage of the system. Agent John Raucci
said there would be indictments, but he refused to indicate how many might be expected, or who might be targetted.
The FBI has uncovered fraud by public officials in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and has created a task force to investigate corruption as federal
money pours into the Gulf Coast region, Mississippi's top agent said Monday.
"We are seeing public officials facilitating some of the fraud," John G. Raucci, agent in charge in Mississippi, said in an interview with The
Associated Press. "It's not widespread, I will say that, but we have seen it and we have begun addressing it."
Raucci would not give details.
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Understandably, details are sketchy. This is, after all, an ongoing investigation. It's nice to see something being done though. I hope it doesn't
all turn out to be lip service. That would be a let-down.
The situation down there is mirroring the fiasco in Iraq, with the exception that there isn't quite so much money floating around. To my knowledge,
Katrina reconstruction officials aren't lounging on pallettes stacked with shrink wrapped 100 dollar bills.
I know there have been a number of abuses since the disaster. It's amazing how some people can only think of money, even when lives are at stake all
around them. Brings to mind images of those idiots trying to steal plasma televisions as the floodwaters rose.