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11.27.03

FEMA fraud follow up

The Wilmington Housing Authority is ordering tenants to reveal whether they've received Hurricane Isabel damage checks or face eviction. The hurricane barely brushed Wilmington and the Housing Authority says none of its units were damaged, but some residents have been filing claims and receiving hundreds of dollars from the Federal Emergency Management Agency anyway. Now the Authority is dsitributing letters that state "any" income received, earned or unearned, including lump sum payments must be reported. Any claims "not" reported "will place you in eviction status." One resident who cashed one of those checks says she suffered real damage and resents the implication she's committed fraud. Meanwhile, FEMA says "damage payments are not counted as income so the cash settlements could be kept a secret..
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