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Dead broke and living in a FEMA trailer following the 2008 flood, Van Fleet repeatedly submitted paperwork and made countless phone calls arguing his case. After seven months, the agency finally gave him more than $20,000, which he said gave him his life back and allowed him to move into a house.
Then in March, a letter arrived from the government with a shocking message: He should never have gotten the money. And he had just 30 days to pay it all back.
The agency is asking Van Fleet and thousands of other Americans who were victims of natural disasters to return more than $22 million in government aid, acknowledging it mistakenly made payments to many people who were ineligible.
"They give you money. They say, 'Hey, take it. Happy days. You deserve it. You're a taxpayer. It's your tax dollars and you live in a flooded zone.' And then all of a sudden the guidelines change," he said. "I hate the injustice of the whole thing."
Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
Government always does this.
The moment they decide you owe them something it's got a deadline of a few weeks followed by garnished wages, property leans and the threat of imprisonment.
Anybody who has ever been late on a registration, license or tax bill knows this. Hell, you dont even have to really be late. They just have to conclude that you are. I've had that happen several times.
See, when we make a mistake it's a pound of our flesh immediately. When they make a mistake it's still a pound of our flesh immediately and if youre lucky they'll find their mistake before they completely destroy your life.