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FEMA wants Atlanta residents to pay back Katrina money

"Thousands of people given assistance after Hurricane Katrina are now finding out that the federal government is taking some of that money back.

Rae Stampley is one of the people who survived Hurricane Katrina in 2005, but now owes money.

“We lost everything in the house. We got about 3 feet of water,” Stampley told Channel 2’s Wendy Corona.

Money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency helped him start over in Atlanta.

“They gave everyone $2,000 who applied and qualified,” he said.

Stampley received $4,400 more through an appeal.

A letter dated February 2013 was his first sign that the government wanted its money back.

“Never in a million years did I think that they’d come back after me because I knew that I was doing everything by the book,” he said.

Stampley said his tax return of about $5,000 was withheld to pay his debt. According to the FEMA website, it can even be taken back with interest."


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meekandmild's picture

They have to take you to court

even to get your tax refund.

If a department of the government feels you have a due amount that they can withhold that amount out of a tax or other refund from the US government. This is a violation of Constitutional law, it bypasses due process of law and is a criminal act according to 18USC §242 the department and its employees can be held civilly liable under 42 USC §1983. The government states it is the law but do they gives no reference of the law? If there is a law it is null and void the U.S. Constitution is the declared supreme law of the land (Art 6 section 2)

Article [IV]
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Article [VII]
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

The united States Supreme Court has ruled:
"All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void."
Marbury vs Madison, 5 US (2 Cranch) 137, 174, 176, (1803)