Man accused of defrauding 9/11 Victims Fund


Jun 3, 2003
Man accused of defrauding 9/11 Victims Fund
Albuquerque Journal |
"[Doug Copp] on various occasions has bartered tales of bravado and heroism for free airline flights, hotel rooms and donations - all in the name of helping innocent disaster victims and saving lives. One former high-ranking federal disaster official says Copp's modus operandi is to hang around rescue sites and take pictures, then say he played a crucial role... Chase Sargent, a night operations chief for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said he ordered Copp off the World Trade Center site. Sargent called Copp a phony, and claims by Copp's rescue organization 'a bag of lies.' Despite claims to the commission that he spent 'a week several floors below ground zero,' Copp now concedes he went underground at ground zero just six times for a total of eight to ten hours... According to team members , Copp was only at the site a few hours and then returned to the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square where he was staying for free. The site was closed for most of Sept. 14 because of President Bush's visit. Copp spent Sept. 14 making telephone calls to peddle the videotape and arranging an interview with Inside Edition."

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