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FEMA anti-fraud efforts in California

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Federal Emergency Management Agency paid an estimated $1 billion in fraudulent claims in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita; FEMA officials said they are determined to prevent similar abuses in the case of the California fires.

California officials said that a total of about 2,000 houses had been damaged or destroyed so far, compared to the 300,0000 affected by the hurricane.

FEMA inspectors must now visit homes to confirm the damage before distributing money.