U.S. Attorney announces federal investigation into 2016 floods disaster relief

West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) – United States Attorney Mike Stuart has announced a federal investigation into the 2016 floods disaster relief.

Stuart said in a statement, “Post-disaster, the federal government committed millions of taxpayer dollars to disaster relief for recovery with the intent that the assistance would help rebuild lives and rebuild communities.  Critical federal resources through FEMA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development are essential to the rebuilding process and must be used wisely, timely and legally.”

According to Stuart, the investigation will make sure every available dollar for disaster relief is spent on disaster relief. Stuart added, “Diversion, fraud, corruption or delay cannot and will not be tolerated.”

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia says it is working with appropriate federal agencies to investigate the issues of disaster relief, and use of federal funds related to the historic 2016 floods

Stuart concludes, “I can assure our citizens that any party that abused their position of authority, violated the public trust, or misused taxpayer dollars will be held accountable if warranted.”

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