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    (NewsCore) - A Texas man who received Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds after Hurricane Ike is being asked to return the aid money, reported Saturday.

    Clay Gates applied for federal funds after Ike pushed four or five feet of saltwater through his La Porte, Texas, home in 2008. Gates said he jumped through hoops, showing officials every document and picture they asked to see.

    "We got a letter saying, 'Hey, you qualified for this amount of benefits,'" Gates told "And the next thing you know they direct-deposited money in our account."

    Gates and his family received $23,000 from FEMA.

    "We've done all the sheetrock, we've done all the painting, we've done everything ourselves so we could at least use the money the best we could, to get ourselves back up to square," Gates said.

    Gates still has more repairs to make, but last month FEMA asked for the money back, saying the family was ineligible for assistance all along.

    "We're figuring we're going to lose our home," Gates told "We're going to lose everything we have. We don't know what to do."

    Gates appealed the decision, but on Sept. 24 FEMA sent a letter attempting to recoup $22,989.

    Six days later, the US Treasury Department sent another letter saying Gates now owes $31,442, with fees, interest and penalties.

    "Ten days to pay it or they're going to tack more," Gates said.

    Gates' 10 days are up Monday. If he had the money to pay the government back, Gates said he would have never asked for help in the first place.

    FEMA is working to recoup more than half a billion dollars from about 160,000 applicants who received improper disaster assistance payments over the last 6 years.

    Some of the payments are the result of fraud, but some was paid out to people like Gates, who said FEMA led him to believe he qualified for money.

    Gates says he did get someone at FEMA to admit they had made a mistake.

    "And I asked her, I said, 'Don't you see that this is wrong?' And she said, 'Yes, but it's too late. It's already at the IRS. Too late, can't do anything about it,'" Gates told

    FEMA won't discuss Gates' case specifically but says it's required by law to recover money that was paid out improperly, regardless of whose fault it was.

    I'd tell FEMA to go F themselves. They approved the benefits and deposited the money to his account. They're the ones who screwed up. Sounds like FEMA should do a better job of managing their money.
    Look sharp, act sharp, be sharp.

  • #2
    Sounds like a lawsuit to me


    • #3
      If the dude believed he was entitled to the money in good faith and has since spent it, making him unable to pay it back, FEMA should have to eat it.

      They screwed up, he relied on it and then spent the money.

      "Jerry, just remember, it’s not a lie if you believe it". George Constanza.


      • #4
        From my post Katrina /Rita expierience,I know where he screwed up,he used it to repair his home,and didnt turn in any receipts for flat screens or bling,thats when they were on to him.
        Sleeping Giant. They're not fat and happy anymore. They are hungry and increasingly angry. That is not a good recipe for a "Puppies and Rainbows America".


        • #5
          So if had hired a contractor to do the work he would have been fine?? I'm not seeing how he qualifies one minute and then doesn't qualify the next. How does FEMA decide that?
          "We've reached a point where natural selection doesn't have a chance in hell of keeping up with the procreation of imbeciles." -- RSGSRT

          Why is it acceptable for you to be an idiot, but not acceptable for me to point it out?


          • #6
            "I'm from FEMA and I'm here to help you." Hopefully now that it in the news he will not have to repay anything.
            "You can't handcuff me, I'm a college graduate!"


            • #7
              it happened quite a bit here during/after the flooding of 2008.

              He will have to repay........


              • #8
                They're saying it doesn't matter whose fault it was... now give it back.

                Good luck fighting a debt with the government... they'll lien every thing you own and garnish your wages


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