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Justice Department Steps In FEMA Katrina False Claims Allegations

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Former Jacquet Construction Services LLC., employee Brenda deCastro filed a whistleblower lawsuit against Jacquet and owner Carter Jacquet alleging the defendants violated the False Claims Act, by forging inspection forms, after FEMA awarded the company a contract to maintain travel trailers occupied by Katrina victims.

According to the lawsuit, which remained sealed until the Justice Department intervened, Jacquet employees were instructed to create thousands of fake inspections, so the company could get more money from FEMA. deCastro claims that Jacquet offered bonuses to whoever forged the most inspections.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said in a statement that “The Department of Justice is committed to recovering taxpayer money from unscrupulous contractors that take money that they didn’t earn.”

The Republic has reported that Carter Jacquet said in an email, “I believe in our justice system and I believe in the overall good in people. What is happening is out of my control. I only hope that the truth comes out.”

The Justice Department has requested 120 days to file its own complaint over the False Claims Act allegations, which allow an individual to sue on the governments behalf and possibly receive a share of any funds recovered through the lawsuit. disclaimer: This article: Justice Department Steps In FEMA Katrina False Claims Allegations was posted on Thursday, July 7th, 2011 at 12:31 am at and is filed under Fraud Lawsuits.

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