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Army veteran claims FEMA sent relief check to wrong bank

Posted at 11:01 PM, Feb 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-07 23:01:16-05

An army veteran claims he was awarded relief aid from FEMA, but the agency sent the money to the wrong bank.

David Towell tells 4 In Your Corner he applied for help after Hurricane Irma in October in order to repair roof and wind damage his home sustained because of the storm.

"I'm a disabled veteran," said Towell as he sat in his wheelchair. "I live on $894 a month on Social Security. I can't afford to fix it myself," he added.

Towell says the federal agency contacted him in November that his money was sent to the bank he had on his application. However, Towell says his bank wasn't the one that received the money.

"On November 5th, they sent out a check," said Towell. "FEMA told me they sent it to Green Dot Bank. My bank is Wells Fargo," he added.

Towell says he had to wait for FEMA to process paperwork. He says he's been on the phone in order to see when he can get his four thousand dollar relief disbursement.

"I talked to a supervisor and it hasn't been issued," said Towell. "I told them every time I call, I get the runaround," he added.

4 In Your Corner contacted FEMA on Towell's behalf. A spokesperson for FEMA says it can't confirm whether Towell was awarded or even applied for a grant.