Meteorologists have taken to naming large storms like hurricanes, typhoons and nor’easters to warn people about dangerous incoming storms. At different points in history, officials have explored names to include political figures and even radio names. Today, there is a process to naming large storms; just as there is a process for criminals to defraud the government of disaster relief funds after the named monsters have wreaked havoc on our country. According to a NorthJersey.com article, the 2010 nor’easter that slammed into New Jersey might just have to be renamed ”Fraud.”
In March 2010, a powerful nor’easter slammed into the coast of New Jersey, causing extensive wind damage and flooding. In response to the disaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offered disaster relief benefits to individuals that had sustained damage to their residences.Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Official: NJ Woman Sentenced in FEMA Disaster Scam,” published by NorthJersey.com on June 18, 2013.
CAMDEN An Atlantic City woman who stole more than $15,000 in benefit money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after a 2010 nor’easter was sentenced Monday to more than two years in prison.
Debbie Hicks also was ordered to make full restitution and serve three years of supervised release once she’s freed from prison. She had pleaded guilty to disaster benefits fraud and making false statements to federal housing authorities.