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FEMA Seeks Repayment Of Grant Money From Sandy Victims


Authorities say more than 500 New York victims of Superstorm Sandy owe $3.4 million in disaster grant money back to federal officials.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is seeking to collect $14 million in grant money extended to 2,000 New York Sandy victims that the federal agency believes it overpaid or improperly disbursed.

Newsday reports that if residents don't pay on time, the U.S. Treasury can levy penalties double that of average credit card interest rates.

Officials say 533 of the victims' cases were sent for collection to the Treasury, which can charge between 28 and 30 percent in late fees.

By law, federal disaster grant money cannot be used to cover costs that would otherwise be paid by private insurance, loans or other assistance programs.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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