‘That’s Beyond Fraud’: How FEMA Bribed Ernest Ramirez to Change His Son’s Death Certificate to COVID

“Ernest Sr. received an offer from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to help him out with costs, but there was one major issue. They asked Ernest to change the cause of death of his son to COVID so that they could help him out financially. Ernest told them, ‘I would never do that. I would definitely never disrespect my son in that way.’ That didn’t stop FEMA from trying again. Not only did they make this offer once, but they made it TWICE.


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Mark Skidmore is Professor of Economics at Michigan State University where he holds the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy. His research focuses on topics in public finance, regional economics, and the economics of natural disasters. Mark created the Lighthouse Economics website and blog to share economic research and information relevant for navigating tumultuous times.

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