The Big Payback: FEMA Wants Katrina Money Back

by / January 1, 2012 News 14 Comments

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Black Like Moi reports:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a lot of nerve. Even though New Orleans is still struggling to regain it’s pre-Katrina glory, the agency has mailed over 83,000 debt notices to prior aid recipients demanding their money back.

The Associated Press reports that FEMA is seeking to recover more than $385 million that it claims was erroneously paid to victims of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. The debts average approximately $4,622 per recipient — slightly less than 5 percent of the $8 billion that FEMA distributed after the devastating storms. Congressional testimony reveals that some of the errors, ranging from clerical errors to failing to interview applicants, are due  to the incompetence of FEMA employees.

Even though Congress approved legislation that allows FEMA to waive many of the debts— and President Barack Obama signed the measure into law last Friday—the agency is still determined to seek payback.




14 Comment

  1. Screw them…….Why do people paid taxes for!

  2. Where else in the world would you expect such ignorance a lot of times? You and your company makes the mistake, however you’d like those that suffered to continue to suffer for your mistake. Happened pretty much the same when we had banks that were “too big to fail”.

  3. Reaally?! Is this the same America that grants millions of free money in foreign aide each year to other countries for which we receive absolutely nothing in return? Wow! Just wow!

  4. So much for FEMA, I say take me and every one else that you accused of taking money to court, so that all your incompetence can come out . For all of FEMA Screw up they should be paying people to forgive them for being so stupid, and Bush telling Brownnine, you did a good job. This Country should still be going after Bush and his whole army of criminals, for what they did to this country, and there is those that expect President,Obama to work miracles and fix everything over night, when it took them eight years to screw it up, along with Clinton, for removing Financial restrictions that would have stopped so much of what happen under Bush adminstration.

    • Hope Obama would win in 2012 election. I agreed with your point about Bush and his army……I think people should take FEMA to high court. happy New Year…

  5. Billie Jelks-Hood, you are so right. I am outraged still that Bush and his cronies have never been impeached for their disgraceful treatment of poor Americans, for their lying and obsfucating. Bush et al should be treated as war criminals for the brutal war that they have waged against the poor and those least able to stand up to the administration. And to think that they are telling other dictators how to run their own countries. I am a Black Briitsh/African Caribbean reader living in London but try to keep up with Black world news, and especially enjoy this site and comments. Happy New Year to you all!

  6. In that case I would like my tax payers dollars back for the past 25 years from the government.

  7. There’s a two fold sinister scheme to this. The first interest of the gov, via FEMA, was to use Katrina victims to fuel more money too family owned corporations that provided “goods & services” to them.

    The flip-side of the “scheme” is to add a few more employees to the FEMA ranks, (ultimately adding more fuel to the economy), specifically to go after all of those on the “hit list.” Unfortunately the end result clearly defines that the prime objective is to make those on the “list” modern day “debt slaves” which inevitably will have a direct trickle down effect on the well being of our children. It’s also very unfortunate that our situation was “ugly” before Katrina and until “we get it together” it will remain “ugly” and we will continue to be victimized by “ugly behavior” into the future. Until we “stand together” ugliness will prevail.

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