Cashing in on Disaster

Number 21779
Subject Fraud
Source Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
State Florida
Year 2004
Publication Date Oct. 10, 12, 15, 17, 21, 31; Nov. 21, 24; Dec. 2, 4-5, 12, 14, 19, 23
Summary This investigation started with the observation that many more Floridians were receiving disaster relief funds than were actually affected by the 2004 storms. The story went on to reveal that some relatively unaffected parts of Florida received even more aid than areas that took a direct hit. Residents of Miami-Dade County got more than $21 million, though the actual damage done there was equivalent to a bad thunderstorm. Reporters found that FEMA inspectors often received inadequate training. Results from the story include a state legislative investigation into the hurricane payments and even involvement from the federal Department of Homeland Security.
Category Contest Finalist
Pages 55
Keywords FOIA;hurricane;Federal Emergency Management Agency;FEMA;fraud;disaster relief;inspector;homeland security
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