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By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A newspaper reports that government inspectors who visited disaster victims' homes to verify damage claims include at least 30 people with records for crimes such as embezzlement, drug dealing and robbery.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel could not determine the total number of people with criminal records out of the thousands of contract workers who do or supervise inspections. A Federal Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman says the agency does not have the names of contract workers.

The newspaper found 30 inspectors or managers with criminal records out of 133 it was able to identify. Most of the inspectors are contractors.

FEMA says the government requires the hiring companies to "conduct a complete background check" of inspectors that includes local, state and national criminal searches.


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