FEMA’s authorized overbilling by insurance companies is something I have seen next to nothing about in the press and media. Yet when FEMA announced it is trying to reclaim $485 million that was overpaid to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita victims it is news. And just what does FEMA’s offensive look like for hurricane victims? This from Oyster…
Occasionally I help out one of my tenants with his FEMA rental
assistance forms (he’s illiterate). The other day, I had to tell him
that the most recent FEMA letter he received stated that he must give
back $10k in assistance he received over the past 18 months. “Why?” he
asked. “It doesn’t say”, I replied. Then he commenced to kneel and
pray, and I left his room. This man lost everything in the flood, and
now washes dishes in a great restaurant in the Quarter. He makes
minimum wage, and $10k represents about two-thirds of his yearly income.
As Oyster points out the amount overpaid to hurricane victims represents just 7% of the total paid. I wonder what percentage of taxpayers money was eaten up by the fraudulent overbilling done by insurance companies? Oh that’s right the feds have no idea. I’m sure they’d like to keep it that way. And so far that’s working out for them.
Where is the press on this?