By Shereen Siewert
Wausau-area families who lost a loved one to COVID-19 could be eligible for a government program launched this year that helps defray funeral expenses, but some fraudsters are already finding ways to take advantage
Up to $9,000 in benefits are possible through a program made possible by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act and the American Rescue Plan Act. Under the terms of the plan, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide assistance for covid-related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020.
Krista Falkowski, a former Wausau resident who lost both her parents to COVID-19, said the funds provided a much-needed safety net for her family.
“My parents didn’t plan ahead, they didn’t see this coming,” Falkowski said. “I had to take out a loan to pay for their funerals. I can’t tell you what a relief it’s been. But it won’t bring my mom and dad…