Sunday, September 03, 2006

The FBI Will Pay for Information on Katrina Fraud

There is no doubt that there was a lot of fraud in the hurricane disasters a year ago. The Clarion Ledger (Mississippi) is reporting that the FBI will pay for information on Katrina related fraud:

Mississippi public corruption cases are on the rise in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and the FBI will have 10 full-time agents investigating Katrina-related fraud by December.

Authorities are encouraging the public to come forward with tips and are offering cash rewards.

"If you see something, you hear something or learn something, even if you believe it's insignificant, if that little light goes on in the back of your head, that 'boy, this just doesn't look right,' don't be afraid to call," said John Raucci, the FBI's special agent in charge in Mississippi.

He said sometimes seemingly insignificant details can crack a federal case.

Cases of fraud are increasing in south Mississippi as billions of dollars in federal funds are authorized for the recovery effort. Raucci said publicizing the reward system is one way to help combat fraud.

"I myself can authorize up to $25,000 for any information," Raucci said. "That's just me out of my budget. I can go back to headquarters with one phone call and get $100,000. There are also other types of cases where you can actually get a percentage."

Full story, here.

I'm not sure if they are running a similar program in Louisiana. There are probably a few people who deserve to caught there, also.

Of course - there are also people - who report crime because it is the right thing to do. If everybody reported it for that reason - it would go a long way towards making our world a better place to live.

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