NYC to pay back over $5 million in Superstorm Sandy funds


    Destruction from Hurricane Sandy. (Photo: US Department of Defense via MGN Online)

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has reached a tentative settlement to pay back $5.3 million obtained through fraudulent claims to the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Superstorm Sandy.

    The New York Times says the city got relief funds for supposedly storm-damaged Department of Transportation vehicles that had actually been out of use before Sandy hit in 2012.

    The city says a deputy commissioner "lacked personal knowledge about the vehicles" and did not direct employees to inspect them before signing the paperwork.

    The federal government filed a civil fraud lawsuit on Wednesday but also submitted the proposed settlement to a judge.

    The transportation department says it has cooperated with federal prosecutors since learning of the situation in 2016 and has instituted stronger oversight procedures.

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    Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com

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