Accounting problems, fund mismanagement and outright fraud all played a role in how the first $85 billion in Hurricane Katrina disaster aid was spent, according to reports from the Government Accountability Office and the Homeland Security Department.
Two audits found that up to 900,000 of the 2.5 million applicants who received aid under the Federal Emergency Management Agency emergency cash assistance program -- a $2.3 billion program, which included the distribution of $2,000 debit cards to evacuees -- were based on duplicate or invalid Social Security numbers, or fake names and addresses.
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