Florida Congresswoman Questions FEMA

WASHINGTON D.C. -

The GAO report says FEMA money went to pay for vacations, champagne, even a divorce attorney. The payments were sent to people who used P.O. boxes and even a cemetery as qualifying addresses.

Florida Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite says FEMA still hasn't come to grips with the magnitude of the problem.

BROWN-WAITE: As somebody whose district dodged the bullet again because the hurricane that came on shore yesterday at Cedar Key, I have many many concerns about what's going on in the agency.

The GAO says the fraud may have totaled 16 percent of the individual assistance given to victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita last year.

But FEMA says fraud accounted for less than 3 percent of the money. Brown-Waite gave a tongue lashing to FEMA's acting deputy director for recovery. She says the agency was a day late and a dollar short with respect.

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