From today’s NYT write-up on the massive fraud and waste that has characterized the billion-dollar Katrina relief effort:
One Louisiana Department of Labor clerk, Wayne P. Lawless, has been charged with issuing about 80 fraudulent disaster unemployment benefit cards in exchange for bribes of up to $300 per application. Mr. Lawless, a state contract worker, announced to one man he helped apply for hurricane benefits that he wanted to “get something out of it,” the affidavit said. His lawyer did not respond to several messages left at his office and home for comment.
The various frauds cost taxpayers roughly $2 billion.