The FBI Forms Task Force to Crack Down on Wildfire Fraud

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The FBI is forming a task force to crack down on fraud following Northern California’s deadly October wildfires. Most of the cases involve identity theft: people claiming to be fire victims and trying to collect money from FEMA. Officials announced yesterday a group of more than a dozen federal, state and local agencies have been convened to investigate a range of fraudulent activity and, if needed, prosecute cases. The task force will focus on the four North Bay counties most affected by the wildfires – Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake. To report suspected fire-related fraud, go to the National Center for Disaster Fraud’s website.