United States Department of Justice

Hurricane Katrina Press Releases, Speeches and Testimony for December, 2005

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Press Release

Two More Arrested in Baton Rouge on Federal FEMA Fraud Charges

United States Attorney Richard B. Roper announced that a federal grand jury in Dallas has returned a threecount indictment charging Dallas resident, Kenneth Reven McClain, a/k/a Roosevelt Hicks, a/k/a Lonnie Smith, a/k/a Keith Perry, a/k/a Paul Linder, a/k/a Corey Arness and a/k/a Jessie, with conspiracy to defraud the United States by aiding in the filing of false claims and two counts of filing false claims against an agency of the United States. (Read more)

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Press Release

United States Charges Lawton Pair with Filing False Claim for Katrina

United States Attorney Richard B. Roper announced that Lakietha Hall was arrested this morning by federal authorities in Dallas on charges outlined in a federal criminal complaint filed on December 16, 2005 and unsealed this afternoon. (Read more)

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Press Release

United States Charges Lawton Pair with Filing False Claim for Katrina

United States Attorney Johnny Sutton announced the indictment and arrest this morning of Charles E. Gasper of Midland, Texas, for fraud relating to hurricane Katrina emergency assistance. (Read more)

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Press Release

Arrest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Federal FEMA Fraud Charges

United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced today that a Louisiana resident who applied for FEMA relief funds was arrested in Baton Rouge and charged with making false and fraudulent claims. (Read more)

Monday, December 19, 2005

Press Release

Mississippian Indicted for Katrina Fraud

United States Attorney Dunn Lampton announced today the Indictment of Gary G. Graves of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, for making a false claim to FEMA for hurricane relief funds. (Read more)

Friday, December 16, 2005

Press Release

Three More Indicted in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Federal FEMA Fraud Charges

United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced today that a federal grand jury returned indictments against three more Louisiana residents who applied for FEMA relief funds. (Read more)

Friday, December 16, 2005

Press Release

College Station Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding FEMA of Hurricane Katrina Disaster Funds

United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced today that a federal grand jury returned indictments against three more Louisiana residents who applied for FEMA relief funds. (Read more)

Friday, December 16, 2005

Press Release

St. Tammany Parish Councilman Indicted by Federal Grand Jury in Federal Corruption Operation

Jim Letten, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, James Bernazzani, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Michael Nelson, Special Agent in Charge, Criminal Investigation Division, Internal Revenue Service, and Charles Haas, Special Agent in Charge, Department of Homeland Security, announced today that a Grand Jury sitting in the Eastern District of Louisiana returned a three (3) count indictment against JOSEPH ANTHONY IMPASTATO, a St. Tammany Parish Councilman. (Read more)

Friday, December 16, 2005

Press Release

St. Tammany Parish Councilman Indicted by Federal Grand Jury in Federal Corruption Operation

Jim Letten, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, James Bernazzani, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Michael Nelson, Special Agent in Charge, Criminal Investigation Division, Internal Revenue Service, and Charles Haas, Special Agent in Charge, Department of Homeland Security, announced today that a Grand Jury sitting in the Eastern District of Louisiana returned a three (3) count indictment against JOSEPH ANTHONY IMPASTATO, a St. Tammany Parish Councilman. (Read more)

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Press Release

Geneseo Man Charged with Fraudulently Receiving Hurricane Katrina Relief Funds

Rodger A. Heaton, United States Attorney for the Central District of Illinois,announced that a Geneseo, Illinois man has been charged by criminal complaint with fraud related to his alleged receipt of Hurricane Katrina disaster relief funds. (Read more)

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Press Release

Arrest for Fraud in Obtaining Disaster Unemployment Debit Cards

United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced that DREWEY PIERRE WHITTAKER, age 44, formerly of Villa Rica, Georgia, was arrested in Albany, Georgia, yesterday on a criminal complaint alleging wire fraud and false use of Social Security numbers to obtain fifty disaster unemployment debit cards for alleged losses resulting from Hurricane Katrina. (Read more)

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Press Release

5 More Hurricane Katrina Federal Fraud Cases Indicted, 2 Other Defendants Plead Guilty as Crackdown Continues

A federal grand jury has returned five indictments charging five individuals with fraud offenses involving the illegal receipt of Hurricane Katrina relief funds disbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and that in two other separate cases, defendants have pleaded guilty to illegally receiving FEMA funds intended for victims of Hurricane Katrina.. (Read more)

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Press Release

Red Cross Volunteer and His Sister Charged with Stealing More Than 100 Red Cross Debit Cards Intended for Hurricane Evacuees

United States Attorney Richard B. Roper announced that Brian Oneal Hines and his sister, Charmaine Denise Hines, surrendered to federal authorities today and appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Wm. F. Sanderson, Jr., on charges outlined in a federal criminal complaints filed yesterday in the Northern District of Texas. (Read more)

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Press Release

Bribery Charges Filed for Katrina Debris Removal

United States Attorney Dunn Lampton announced today the filing of a Criminal Complaint against Mitchell Glen Kendrix of Memphis, Tennessee and Paul Darrell Nelson of Libson, Maine charging them with Conspiracy to Commit Bribery of a Federal Official. (Read more)

Galveston Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding FEMA of Hurricane Katrina Disaster Funds

United States Attorney Chuck Rosenberg announced today that Robert Foster, 39, of Galveston, Texas, has been convicted of filing a false claim with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for Hurricane Katrina Disaster funds and mail fraud.(Read more)

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