New Orleans Archdiocese Agrees To Pay $1M For Phony Katrina Damage Claims

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The Archdiocese of New Orleans is agreeing to pay more than a million-dollars to settle charges that it submitted false claims to the federal government after Hurricane Katrina

The Justice Department says that, between 2007 and 2013, the archdiocese deliberately signed applications for FEMA funds that included false or fraudulent damage descriptions and repair estimates.

The false statements reportedly included an exaggeration of a facility's square footage and damage to a central air conditioning unit that didn't exist.

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