Four additional people have been charged in the past three months with filing fraudulent applications for federal relief funds for superstorm Sandy, bringing the total number of people charged tosince March 2014.
The 130 were allegedly responsible for diverting nearly $9 million in relief funds, according to the state Attorney General’s Office. The office is working with state and local partners to investigate fraud in Sandy relief programs. In most cases, those charged allegedly filed fraudulent applications for relief funds offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In many cases, they also applied for funds from a Sandy relief program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration or funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.