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Feds question Seaside Heights on storm spending

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SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) -- Federal investigators have questioned Seaside Heights officials about bills the borough submitted for cleanup and recovery from Superstorm Sandy.

Seaside Heights officials told The Star-Ledger that the FBI and the federal Department of Homeland Security had questioned them about requests for reimbursement the town made after the devastating Oct. 29 storm.

Borough Administrator John Camera said investigators are trying to verify the legitimacy of several claims. They include payments to reimburse the owners of an Army-Navy store broken into by first responders who needed rescue supplies during the storm, as well as vehicles Seaside Heights leased to replace ones wrecked by flood waters.

The FBI declined comment.

Mayor Bill Akers said he spoke with homeland security investigators and is fully cooperating.

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