Gonzales: zero tolerance for hurricane aid fraud Christopher G. Anderson at 3:15 PM ET
[JURIST] The US Department of Justice is adopting a zero tolerance policy for anyone attempting to fraudulently acquire aid money appropriated to the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast, US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] said Thursday. Speaking to about 100 investigators [prepared remarks] from the Hurricane Katrina Fraud Task Force, Gonzales promised that every dollar directed to hurricane relief would be used to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. Gonzales also vowed to hold politicians accountable if they try to channel money into their own pockets or those of friends or constituents. The task force was established [JURIST report] in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita by the Department of Justice [official website; press release] to investigate and prosecute disaster-related crimes such as charity and insurance fraud, identity theft, and government benefit fraud. AFP has more.
Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible, ad-free format.