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FBI finds post-Katrina fraud by public officials

[JURIST] The Federal Bureau of Investigation [official website] has uncovered fraud by public officials in the wake of Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive], according to a top agent in the affected region. John G. Raucci, FBI special agent in Mississippi, said that indictments would be handed down, but he did not specify when or how many, though he did say that fraud by public officials is not widespread. Federal money continues to pour into the Gulf states, with billions ultimately expected to go to Louisiana and Mississippi, raising the potential for fraud in those areas. The FBI, along with the US Justice Department and other agencies, has set up task forces [FBI backgrounder] in different districts of the hardest-hit areas in order to investigate possible fraud. AP has more. From Mississippi, the Clarion-Ledger has local coverage.

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