United States Department of Justice

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

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Press Release

Four Defendants Charged with Defrauding FEMA

Four defendants have been indicted by a federal grand jury today for defrauding and filing false claims with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In response to Hurricane Katrina, FEMA has made available to eligible households $2,000 in expedited disaster assistance to be followed by additional funds if needed. (Read more)

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Press Release

Baton Rouge Man Pleads Guilty to Federal FEMA Fraud Charges

United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced today that JOHN PHILLIP DUGAN, age 19, a resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, pled guilty today before District Court Judge Frank J. Polozola to Count One of an Indictment charging DUGAN with making false and fraudulent claims for disaster assistance benefits. (Read more)

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Press Release

Three Indicted on Federal FEMA Fraud Charges in Baton Rouge

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)

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Press Release

Two More Indicted in Baton Rouge on Federal FEMA Fraud Charges

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

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Press Release

Four Indicted for Defrauding FEMA of Hurricane Disaster Funds

United States Attorney Chuck Rosenberg today announced the recent return of four indictments against individuals charged with filing false claims to obtain Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) disaster relief assistance (Read more)

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Press Release

Four Alabama Residents Indicted on FEMA Fraud Charges

Leura G. Canary, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, announced that on November 15, 2005, a federal grand jury returned separate indictments against the Montgomery residents. (Read more)

Monday, November 14, 2005

Press Release

Three More Indicted in Baton Rouge on Federal FEMA Fraud Charges

United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced that on November 10, 2005, a federal grand jury returned indictments against three more Louisiana residents who applied for FEMA relief funds. (Read more)

Monday, November 14, 2005

Press Release

Minden Woman Pleads Guilty to Theft of FEMA Funds

YOLANDA TOLIVER a/k/a Yolanda Brown, age 46, of Minden, Louisiana, arrested in October for claiming to be a Hurricane Katrina victim in order to fraudulently obtain FEMA relief funds, pleaded guilty today to theft of federal funds in U.S. District Court before United States District Judge Tom Stagg, announced United States Attorney Donald W. Washington. (Read more)

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Press Release

Four Indicted With FEMA Fraud in the Eastern District of Louisiana

Jim Letten, United States Attorney of the Eastern District of Louisiana, Charles Haas, Special Agent in Charge of the Office of Investigator General, United States Department of Homeland Security, and Jim Bernazzani, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation announce that on Friday, November 4, 2005, a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Houma, Louisiana returned four indictments under seal against four defendants for filing false claims filed with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for emergency disaster relief after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which resulted in each defendant receiving $2,000.00 in taxpayer-funded monies to which they were not entitled. (Read more)

Wednesday, November 03, 2005

Press Release

Local Residents Indicted in FEMA Fraud Case

United States Attorney Richard B. Roper announced that three local individuals have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Dallas for claiming to be hurricane victims in order to fraudulently receive Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds. (Read more)

Wednesday, November 03, 2005

Press Release

Three Indicted in Katrina Relief Scam

Lisa Godbey Wood, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, announced that Danielle Metcalf Shanez, Shari Holder, and James Ervin Dixon, were indicted by the Federal Grand Jury for the Southern District of Georgia for falsely and fraudulently representing themselves, pretending, and holding themselves out to be agents of the American Red Cross for the purpose of soliciting and receiving money from persons in the Dublin, Georgia area, purportedly to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina (Read more)

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