In the days after Superstorm Sandy soaked the East Coast, New York City Department of Transportation workers cataloged the damage to the agency’s fleet of vehicles.
That information was handed over to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which would give the city enough money to replace the damaged vehicles with new ones.
Only one problem: many of those vehicles were damaged before Sandy hit.
Some hadn’t been operational in years and had been marked for salvage long before the storm. The city has agreed to reimburse the federal government $5.3 million for its false claims, according to the settlement proposed Wednesday.