If you suspect that someone recieved government assistance by fraudulant means, please report them. You may remain anonymous and I assure you, an investigation into your claim will be done and action taken if neccessary.
Please read the information below, which can be found in detail at www.fema.gov
False disaster claims or theft of government property, prosecuted by the Justice Department, are felonies carrying maximum penalties of 10 years imprisonment or $250,000 fine or both.
Through computer databases, informant tips, and hotline tips, we are receiving information of fraudulent claims, Skinner said. Those who have made such claims, whether to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or any other government entity, should take stock of their situation and seriously consider withdrawing their claims or voluntarily returning monies already disbursed to them, he added.
FEMA officials urged victims of the storms to beware of suspected criminal activity involving disaster assistance programs. Anyone can make an anonymous report by calling the toll-free Hurricane Relief Fraud Hotline, 1-866-720-5721, 24 hours a day, seven days a week until further notice. Information can also be emailed to the inspector general at email@example.com or sent by surface mail, with as many details as possible, to:
Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC. 20528
Attn: Office of Inspector General, Hotline
The Department of Justice Hurricane Katrina Fraud Task Force and Federal Trade Commission Consumer Response Center will also accept disaster fraud information. To provide information to the Justice Department, access the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov. The Federal Trade Commission accepts disaster
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