Baseball Crank
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November 9, 2005
KATRINA: Qui Tam Time

John Derbyshire notes speculation that a very large portion of the absent police force in New Orleans during Katrina was either nonexistent cops or cops with no-show jobs and that New Orleans used the inflated numbers to scam federal dollars. Presumably, if this turns out to be true, someone in the know could file a lawsuit under the False Claims Act to recover the improperly allocated federal funds (I'm assuming without checking here that the FCA covers municipalities).

UPDATE: Lyford writes in to point out that this particular report is satire. I'm pretty sure I've seen reports of there being some genuine concerns about no-show jobs, but not in that scale.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 8:16 PM | Hurricane Katrina | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Interesting. The FCA does cover municipalities, per U.S. ex. rel. Chandler v. Cook County . I think Katrina in general will be a qui tam bonanza.

Posted by: MTM at November 10, 2005 8:57 AM

Is Pravda a credible source?

Posted by: Greg at November 10, 2005 4:12 PM
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