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Louisiana Officials Indicted Before Katrina Hit

I've been saying it all along. For all the talk about the Federal Government didn't do this and that, the real problem was at the local and state level. The L.A. Times today provides us of yet another story of money earmarked for disaster preparedness going elsewhere (mostly into pockets).

"WASHINGTON — Senior officials in Louisiana's emergency planning agency already were awaiting trial over allegations stemming from a federal investigation into waste, mismanagement and missing funds when Hurricane Katrina struck.

And federal auditors are still trying to track as much as $60 million in unaccounted for funds that were funneled to the state from the Federal Emergency Management Agency dating back to 1998.

In March, FEMA demanded that Louisiana repay $30.4 million to the federal government.

The problems are particularly worrisome, federal officials said, because they involve the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the agency that will administer much of the billions in federal aid anticipated for victims of Katrina.

Earlier this week, federal Homeland Security officials announced they would send 30 investigators and auditors to the Gulf Coast to ensure relief funds were properly spent."

Good idea!

"Governor Blanco? Do you have a comment?" ...Governor?

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