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.