OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are warning property owners whose homes were damaged in the recent storms that contractors who represent themselves as Corps of Engineers contractors and ask for payment to remove debris from private property are NOT working for the Corps and are trying to defraud property owners.
Tom Logsdon, the Corps project manager for debris removal in Oklahoma, said state officials are receiving reports of people falsely identifying themselves, and asking for payment. He said the Corps contractors are removing debris from public access areas only, including municipal streets and roads, and are not permitted to go on private property.
Logsdon added: "Our contractors will be paid by the government to do the work and under no circumstances ask for money from private property owners. These people asking for money are not legitimate and are preying on the misfortune of others."
Logsdon and state officials said property owners should report any suspicions of fraud to their local police or the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office, at (405) 521-2029.