Aug 24, 2010 7:02 AM by Sharlee Barriere
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Justice Department officials are
outlining their efforts to curb fraud in the aftermath of the Gulf
U.S. Attorney Jim Letten and Assistant Attorney General Lanny
Breuer of the Justice Department's criminal division are scheduled
to brief reporters on the topic Tuesday in Baton Rouge and New
The Justice Department launched a similar effort to combat fraud
after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, bringing
billions of dollars in federal aid to the region.
After the April 20 o plosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig leased
by BP PLC, the company set aside $20 billion to compensate
residents and businesses affected by the oil spill.