FEMA Sends Letters Requesting Repayment of Hurricane Money

March 19, 2006 - Posted at 1:27 p.m. CST

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) _ Thousands of people who received money

from the federal government after Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and

Wilma might be asked to give it back.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency started sending letters

last week asking people to return money they received in error.

Officials say one-point-seven million households received

FEMA assistance after Hurricanes Rita, Katrina or Wilma. Up to

50-thousand of them will be asked to reimburse the agency.

Those who receive a letter requesting repayment can appeal if

they believe they were entitled to the funds.

But FEMA officials encourage them to make payments while the

matter is resolved or to at least set up a payment plan. If the

amount isn't paid in full within 30 days, interest will tacked on.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)