The aftermath of Superstorm Sandy on Sunday, November 4, 2012

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NYC to pay back over $5 million in Superstorm Sandy funds

February 21, 2019 - 2:58 pm
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NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City has reached a tentative settlement to pay back $5.3 million obtained through fraudulent claims to the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Superstorm Sandy.

The New York Times says the city got relief funds for supposedly storm-damaged Department of Transportation vehicles that had actually been out of use before Sandy hit in 2012.

The city says a deputy commissioner ``lacked personal knowledge about the vehicles'' and did not direct employees to inspect them before signing the paperwork.

The federal government filed a civil fraud lawsuit on Wednesday but also submitted the proposed settlement to a judge.

The transportation department says it has cooperated with federal prosecutors since learning of the situation in 2016 and has instituted stronger oversight procedures.