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FEMA Asks 625 Texans to Pay Back Federal Aid

The Nation | IN BRIEF / TEXAS

April 24, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

The federal government is asking 625 people in Texas to pay back a total of $1.26 million in recovery aid they shouldn't have received after Hurricane Rita.

Most of the money FEMA wants -- $1.14 million -- was incorrectly paid for damage to homes that were not the owners' primary residences, an agency spokeswoman said.

Damage to secondary residences are ineligible for FEMA money. In other cases, the same person got multiple $2,000 payments, or multiple people from the same household got the $2,000.

Texas families received more than $592 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after the storm.

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