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FBI arrests two FEMA employees in Katrina fraud investigation

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice Friday announced [press release] that the Federal Bureau of Investigation [official website] has arrested two employees of the Federal Emergency Management Agency [official website] working in New Orleans in the post-Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] rebuilding effort under suspicion of taking bribes. According to the US Attorney's complaint, the two workers managed a base camp in the Algiers neighborhood in New Orleans, each accepted a $10,000 bribe for inflating the number of meals served. Friday's arrest comes follows a Tuesday statement by the FBI that it had uncovered fraud by public officials [JURIST report] in the wake of Katrina. The New Orleans Times-Picayune has local coverage. Reuters has more.

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