"On September 8, 2005, in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, United States Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales established the Hurricane Katrina Fraud Task Force. The Task Force is charged with deterring, detecting, and prosecuting unscrupulous individuals who try to take advantage of the Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma disasters. The overall goal is to stop people who seek to illegally take for themselves the money that is intended for the victims of the hurricanes and the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast region." This report reviews the actions of vendors, contractors, and individuals involved in the recovery process of Hurricane Katrina. The report summarizes efforts of exploitation and fraud of the systems of recovery. The types of fraud addressed by the Task Force include; government-contract and procurement fraud; public corruption; government and private-sector benefit fraud; identity theft; and fraudulent charities. According to the report, "[a]s of August 30, 2007, the Task Force has prosecuted more than 768 individuals in 41 federal judicial districts throughout the country, and additional state and local prosecutions for disaster-related fraud have been brought."
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