The AP's Larry Margasak discovers that—hold on to your hats—the cash shoveled onto the gulf coast to help Hurricane Katrina victims is being lost to fraud and deception.
FEMA also could not establish that 750 debit cards worth $1.5 million even went to Katrina victims, the auditors said.
Among the items purchased with the cards:
– An all-inclusive, one-week Caribbean vacation in the Punta Cana resort in the Dominican Republic.
– Five season tickets to New Orleans Saints professional football games.
– Adult erotica products in Houston and "Girls Gone Wild" videos in Santa Monica, Calif.
– Dom Perignon champagne and other alcoholic beverages in San Antonio.
What possible reason for Katrina victims have for buying champagne? You'd think they never got a no-strings $2000 debit card before.