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New group created to respond to hurricane-related fraud

American federal prosecutors will lead a new Houston, Tex.-based group created to help law enforcement agencies respond to a wave of hurricane fraud activities set off by Tropical Depression Harvey.

Authorities are warning residents, volunteers and officials in flood zones in Texas and Louisiana they could be targeted by storm-related scams, contract corruption, document fraud, identify theft and other crimes.

The group is intended to combine Justice Department prosecutors, FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies with Texas and Louisiana state officials in a team aimed at quickly identifying criminal trends and deploying resources for investigations and prosecutions.

Read more at National Post

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.