FEMA Fraud

FEMA is facing the challenge of getting monetary assistance to victims of Hurricane Katrina who are concentrated in Texas, but have also spread out across the country. It's been frustrating for evacuees to get through to FEMA. Houston Public Radio's Capella Tucker reports officials are trying to get assistance out as fast as possible while trying to make sure the payouts are legitimate.

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FEMA Spokesperson Randy Welch says more than one million households registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency after the series of hurricanes hit Florida last year. Welch says the Hurricane Katrina aftermath will be bigger.

The debit card is one of the new initiatives for FEMA. $12.3 million worth was handed out before FEMA opted to go back to the traditional method of monetary assistance which includes electronic funds transfers and checks. One concern is fraud.

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