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    New Mexican's claims of Sept. 11 heroism questioned after $650,000
    payout from victim's fund
    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) - A man who claims to have waded in
    "toxic soup" deep beneath the World Trade Center rubble to help
    find bodies is being accused of making up his tale of courage and
    defrauding the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund of nearly
    $650,000.
    Doug Copp has traveled to disaster areas around the world over
    nearly 20 years, but a report in Sunday's Albuquerque Journal said
    its investigation showed a history of exaggeration and
    self-promotion with little evidence of real rescue work.
    Copp has said he and a so-called death-detection device helped
    find as many as 40 bodies. He initially got support from the
    Journal, members of Congress and a state archaeologist before being
    selected for victim compensation.
    U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, who once praised Copp's "most courageous
    work" in one letter to the victim fund's administrator, now seeks
    a federal investigation.
    "I am concerned that a fraudulent claim may have been processed
    and paid," Udall said.
    John Norman, a New York City fire chief who led the rescue and
    recovery effort at ground zero, said Copp's claim to have been
    first to search collapsed subway tunnels and only one of four
    people to go underground is "a fraud."
    "I didn't authorize him to do anything," said Norman, who
    added that he probably would have had Copp arrested had he known he
    was at the site.
    Copp received $649,885 from the commission and wants at least $1
    million more to deal with 41 medical problems, the Journal
    reported.
    When the Journal presented Copp with its findings, he said, "So
    now is this going to come out that there's nothing wrong with me?
    That it's a total fraud? ... That would be the most immoral,
    improper thing that I have ever heard of."

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    When the Journal presented Copp with its findings, he said, "So
    now is this going to come out that there's nothing wrong with me?
    That it's a total fraud? ... That would be the most immoral,
    improper thing that I have ever heard of."
    But not completely out of the question.
    I've heard stories like this before. And I'm not real fond of his type. Put a cheap suit on him, give him a TV camera and he'd be an ambulance chaser and an opportunist.
    Yuck!
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