Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Another story of FEMA Waste and Fraud...

Photo: Robert King/Polaris

FEMA spends $250,000 a month to store about 10,000 mobile homes at an airfield in Hope, Arkansas.


I've read several stories of the waste and fraud associated with the delivery of FEMA aid after Hurricane Katrina. This story in yesterday's New York Times provides some of the sickening details. It is a story of scams, schemes and bureaucratic bungles costing taxpayers up to $2 billion dollars.

A hotel owner in Sugar Land, Texas has been charged with submitting $232,000 in bills for phantom victims. And roughly 1,100 prison inmates across the Gulf Coast apparently collected more than $10 million in rental and disaster-relief assistance.

The Times story provides a litany of depressing examples of unbelievable waste and fraud.

In my view, the major tragedy is that many of the real victims of Hurricane Katrina were left homeless and received very little aid.