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Hundreds of millions of dollars of federal funds have flowed to individuals all across the US in an attempt to help individuals displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Unfortunately, there have been a number of contractors and other individuals who defrauded the various government programs in order to enrich themselves at the expense of those who are in need of help.
Recently, a Las Vegas man was indicted by the Federal Grand Jury for making a false claim to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in order to obtain federal disaster assistance benefits designated for Hurricane Katrina evacuees. The individual Michael Hawk, age 44, of Las Vegas, is charged with one count of Presenting False, Fictitious, and Fraudulent Claims to a Government Agency, a felony offense. According to the Indictment, on November 18, 2005, Hawk allegedly made and presented to FEMA a claim for funds for individuals displaced by Hurricane Katrina, claiming home damage and essential need for food, clothing and shelter, knowing that the claim was false, fictitious and fraudulent, in that he was not an individual displaced by Hurricane Katrina, nor had he been a resident of or resided in Louisiana at the time Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005.
There have been numerous stories about contractors who have overcharged the government for construction services, housing, equipment, repairs and various other services.
If you are aware of any Katrina Fraud, please contact us immediately by completing the form or call toll free 1 866 222-9990.
Our firm is only investigating claims in which a business entity, such as a company or medical practice, is submitting false claims to a governmental entity in excess of $500,000. We do not handle cases involving individuals receiving government benefits under false pretenses. (For example, we do not handle claims in which a person falsely claims disability in order to receive government benefits. ) For these claims, you should contact the appropriate governmental agency directly, such as a state medicare-fraud hot line, and report the fraud. Regarding tax fraud, we are only handling cases in which the underpayment of taxes exceeds $2 Million, and the income of the person committing tax fraud exceeds $200,000 per year.