Lousiana's Disaster Relief Frauds

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An L.L. Bean briefcase and raincoat. Professional dues and charitable contributions. A trip to Germany. Video equipment. A 2002 Ford Crown Victoria. According to two federal audits, those are just some of the items that Louisiana state emergency officials improperly bought with some of the $228 million in U.S. disaster funds they received in recent years. The audits also found that the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness ignored federal rules for overseeing contractors, doling out more than $15 million in aid without keeping any records to show what 97 percent of the money was spent on, according to a report by the inspector general's office of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 'Significant internal controls weaknesses and noncompliance situations were identified during the audit... AND CONGRESS JUST THREW ANOTHER $62 BILLION AT HOMELAND SECURITY???!!!!

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