United States Department of Justice

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

Monday, October 31, 2005

Press Release

Two More Arrested in Baton Rouge on Federal FEMA Fraud Charges

United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced that on October 27, 2005, a federal grand jury returned indictments against two more Louisiana residents who applied for FEMA relief funds. (Read more)

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Press Release

Two Prison Inmates Indicted on FEMA Fraud Charges

Two female inmates housed at the Avoyelles Women�s Correctional Facility in Cottonport, Louisiana, have each been indicted by a federal grand jury for claiming to be hurricane victims in order to fraudulently obtain FEMA relief funds, United States Attorney Donald W. Washington announced. (Read more)

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Press Release

United States Charges Lawton Pair with Filing False Claim for Katrina

John C. Richter, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, announced today that SEAN DONNELL WILLIAMS, 27, and JACQUELINE MARIE SUTTON, 36, both of Lawton, were arrested this morning for filing a false claim for disaster assistance funds relating to Hurricane Katrina.. (Read more)

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Press Release

Fifteen Additional Bakersfield Residents Charged with Fraud in Connection with Funds Intended for Victims of Hurricane Katrina - Loss Approaching $100,000

United States Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced today that over the past three days, nine Bakersfield residents have been charged with participating in a wire fraud scheme to defraud the American Red Cross of funds intended for victims of Hurricane Katrina. (Read more)

Friday, October 21, 2005

Press Release

Feds Charge Atlanta Woman with Filing 2 False Claims for FEMA Hurricane Victims Funds

The arrest of JOZELL LOIS DICKERSON, 35, of Lawrenceville, Georgia. DICKERSON is charged in a federal indictment with aggravated identity theft, stealing money from the United States government, making false claims, and using a false social security number, in connection with two false claims made to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for $4,000 in relief funds available to victims of Hurricane Katrina. (Read more)

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Press Release

Little Rock Woman Charged with FEMA Fraud

Bud Cummins, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas announced that Zebralon A. Dukes-Oliver was charged with wire fraud on a criminal complaint yesterday afternoon. (Read more)

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Press Release

Three Charged with Defrauding FEMA of Hurricane Disaster Funds

United States Attorney Chuck Rosenberg today announced the unsealing of three (3) criminal complaints charging three (3) individuals with filing false claims to obtain Federal Emergency Management Agency�s (FEMA) disaster relief assistance. (Read more)

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Press Release

Mississippi Evacuee Pleads Guilty to Making Telephone Bomb Threat to Red Cross Response Center

A Hurricane Katrina evacuee from Mississippi who called the Red Cross and threatened to blow up targets related to FEMA, the Red Cross, and Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi pleaded guilty today to making bomb threats over the telephone. (Read more)

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Press Release

Two Evacuee Imposters Plead Guilty to FEMA Fraud

Two Florida residents who came to Louisiana and posed as Hurricane Katrina evacuees in order to fraudulently obtain FEMA relief funds both pled guilty today to theft of public money, United States Attorney Donald W. Washington announced. (Read more)

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Press Release

Six Charged in Baton Rouge on Federal FEMA Fraud Charges

United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced that on October 19, 2005, a federalgrand jury returned indictments against five Louisiana residents and a bill of information was filed against a sixth Louisiana resident who applied for FEMA relief funds. (Read more)

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Press Release

Five Charged with FEAM Fraud

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Jim Letten, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and James Bernazzani, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), New Orleans, announced today that complaints were filed on October 19, 2005, against GARLAND ROBERTSON, 28, of LaPlace; JENNIFER INNERARITY, 35, of Hammond; DARRELL INNERARITY, 41, of Hammond; JUSTIN AMATO, 24, of Covington, and RENE LASALLE, 31, of Covington, charging them with making false representations in order to obtain FEMA assistance to which they were not entitled in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001(a)(2). (Read more)

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Speech

Remarks for Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales at theDisaster Fraud Task Force Conference

It is my pleasure to be in New Orleans to join you in this conference of the Hurricane Katrina Fraud Task Force. (Read more)

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Speech

Remarks of Alice S. Fisher Assistant Attorney General, Criminal DivisionDisaster Fraud Task Force Conference New Orleans, Louisiana

Thank you Attorney General for your leadership and for the clear mission you have given us. (Read more)

Friday, October 14, 2005

Press Release

Portland Man Charged with Fraudulent Receipt of FEMA Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Funds

Karin J. Immergut, the United States Attorney for the District of Oregon, announced today that an indictment was returned on Wednesday October 12, 2005 by a federal grand jury charging Harold Allen Miller, Jr. 41, of Portland, Oregon with Mail Fraud, 18 U.S.C. � 1341, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine. (Read more)

Friday, October 14, 2005

Press Release

Fifteen Bakersfield Residents Charged with Fraud in Connection with Funds Intended for Victims of Hurricane Katrina

United States Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced today that late yesterday indictments were returned for fifteen Bakersfield residents charged with participating in a wire fraud scheme to defraud the American Red Cross of funds intended for victims of Hurricane Katrina. (Read more)

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Press Release

Two Waco Residents Arrested and Charged for Defrauding FEMA During Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts

United States Attorney Johnny Sutton announced that federal authorities arrested two individuals charged with fraudulently obtaining relief benefits from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. (Read more)

Friday, October 07, 2005

Press Release

US Attorney's Office Announces Another Arrest for Post Hurricane Katrina Fraud

United States Attorney Dunn Lampton announced today the arrest of another individual for making false claims to the the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Hurricane Relief Funds. (Read more)

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Press Release

Three Mississippians Arrested For Post Hurricane Katrina Fraud

United States Attorney Dunn Lampton announced today the arrest of three individual for making false claims to the the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Hurricane Relief Funds. (Read more)

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Press Release

MORE ARRESTS ON CHARGES OF FEDERAL FEMA FRAUD MADE IN SHREVEPORT

Two individuals have been arrested for claiming to be Hurricane Katrina victims in order to fraudulently obtain FEMA relief funds, United States Attorney Donald W. Washington announced. (Read more)

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Press Release

Nine Bakersfield Residents Charged with Fraud in Connection with Funds Intended for Victims of Hurricane Katrina

United States Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced today that over the past three days, nine Bakersfield residents have been charged with participating in a wire fraud scheme to defraud the American Red Cross of funds intended for victims of Hurricane Katrina. (Read more)

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Press Release

Two Arrested in Baton Rouge on Federal FEMA Fraud Charges

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

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Press Release

East Texan Indicted for Hurricane Relief Fraud

A 43-year-old Palestine, Texas man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for posing as a Hurricane Katrina victim and attempting to defraud the federal government. (Read more)

Monday, October 03, 2005

Press Release

Aventura Man Charged with Hurricane Katrina Internet Scam

R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Michael S. Clemens, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), announced today the Indictment and arrest of defendant, Gary S. Kraser, for fraudulently soliciting charitable donations supposedly intended for humanitarian relief to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Kraser was charged with four counts of wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343. (Read more)

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