Monday, September 8, 2008

Bad Weather. . . Bad News

Officials are preemptively preparing for disaster fraud expected after the wake of Hurricane Gustav. As reported in this article, U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton, stated that his office, as well as the Hurricane Katrina Fraud Task Force, is already getting ready for the onslaught of fraud cases expected. The Hurricane Katrina Task force was created in 2005, has already seen 898 defendants charged across 43 judicial districts, 25,000 complaints, with 17,000 cases being sent to law enforcement agencies for pending investigation. Another fact of note, is that the “largest fraud case in terms of loss,” for South Mississippi, was after Hurricane Katrina in Pearl River County in the amount of $716,677.

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