United States Department of Justice

Hurricane Katrina Press Releases, Speeches and Testimony for January, 2006

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Press Release

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

Three Louisiana residents were sentenced in federal court on fraud charges related to hurricane disaster relief programs, United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced today. (Read more)

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

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Two FEMA Employees Sentenced to Prison Terms Following Bribery Convictions in New Orleans

Two Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) officials working in the New Orleans region following Hurricane Katrina were sentenced in federal court to 21 months imprisonment and fined $20,000 each, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten of the Eastern District of Louisiana announced today. (Read more)

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

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Another Sentenced in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Federal FEMA Fraud Charges

Two Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) officials working in the New Orleans region following Hurricane Katrina were sentenced in federal court to 21 months imprisonment and fined $20,000 each, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten of the Eastern District of Louisiana announced today. (Read more)

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

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Fifteen Individuals Indicted for FEMA Fraud in Alabama

Fifteen individuals have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Alabama on allegations of fraud and theft resulting from claims filed with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Attorney Alice H. Martin, Special Agent in Charge J. Christopher Murphy and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Roy Sexton, both of the U.S. Secret Service, announced today. (Read more)

Monday, August 28, 2006

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Guilty Plea in $100,000 FEMA Hurricane Relief Fund Fraud Scheme

A 59-year-old man, Jeffrey Alan Rothschild, has pled guilty in connection with a scheme to defraud the FEMA of more than $100,000 in relief funds intended for victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Wainstein announced today. (Read more)

Friday, August 25, 2006

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Correctional Officer Indicted for FEMA Fraud

Cicero Patterson, 45, of Alexandria, La., has been indicted by a federal grand jury for claiming to be a hurricane victim in order to fraudulently obtain FEMA relief funds, U.S. Attorney Donald W. Washington of the Western District of Louisiana announced today.(Read more)

Friday, August 25, 2006

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Guilty Plea in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to Federal FEMA Fraud Charges

United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced that another Louisiana resident pled guilty in federal court yesterday to a violation related to Hurricane Katrina relief funds (Read more)

Thursday, August 24, 2006

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Another Sentenced in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Federal FEMA Fraud Charges

United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced that another Louisiana resident was sentenced in federal court today by U.S. District Court Judge James J. Brady on fraud charges related to hurricane disaster relief programs. (Read more)

Thursday, August 24, 2006

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Four Individuals Indicted for $700,000 Debris Removal Fraud in Relation to Hurricane Katrina Fraud

Four individuals have been indicted for conspiracy to defraud the United States involving the creation and submission of fraudulent debris removal load slips in the amount of $716,677, U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton of the Southern District of Mississippi announced today. (Read more)

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

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Lawton Woman Sentenced to Serve Two Years in Prison for Theft of FEMA Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund

Shelia Ann Perry, 38, of Lawton, Okla. was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange to serve 24 months in prison for theft of Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) Hurricane Katrina disaster relief funds, U.S. Attorney John C. Richter of the Western District of Oklahoma announced. (Read more)

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

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Two More Sentenced in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Federal FEMA Fraud Charges

United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced that two more Louisiana residents were sentenced in federal court today by U.S. District Court Judge Frank J. Polozola on fraud charges related to hurricane disaster relief programs. (Read more)

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

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Greenville Woman Indicted and Detained on Hurricane Katrina Fraud

United States Attorney Leura G. Canary announced today that Alethia Adrianne Scott, age 39, of Greenville, Alabama, was detained this morning in relation to a federal indictment, which alleges that Scott fraudulently obtained disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. (Read more)

Monday, August 21, 2006

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Two Houston Residents Charged with Filing Multiple False Claims for FEMA Assistance

Two Houston residents, Curtis Caldwell, 28, and Ernest Tutt Jr., 22, have been indicted with fraudulently obtaining thousands of dollars in FEMA Hurricane Katrina and Rita disaster assistance, U.S. Attorney Donald J. DeGabrielle Jr. announced today. (Read more)

Thursday, August 17, 2006

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Imprisonment Given in FEMA Fraud Case

GLADYS MAE WHITT was sentenced to 19 months imprisonment today in U.S. District Court for defrauding the Federal Emergency ManagementAgency (FEMA). Indicted in March 2006, WHIT pled guilty to the FEMA fraud charges in April 2006. (Read more)

Thursday, August 17, 2006

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Three More Indicted in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Fraud Charges Related to Hurricane Disaster Relief Programs

United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced that a federal grand jury returned indictments yesterday against three more Louisiana residents on fraud charges related to hurricane disaster relief programs. (Read more)

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Press Release

Two More Sentenced in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Federal FEMA Fraud Charges

United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced that two more Louisiana residents were sentenced in federal court yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge Frank J. Polozola on fraud charges related to hurricane disaster relief programs. (Read more)

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

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Miami Man Indicted in Online Scheme to Defraud Hurricane Katrina Relief Contributors and PNC Bank Customers

United States Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan announced today, August 16, 2006, that on August 15, 2006, Jovany Desir of Miami, Florida was indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh. (Read more)

Friday, August 11, 2006

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Federal Grand Jury Brings Additional Corruption Charges Against St. Tammany Parish Councilman

Jim Letten, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, James Bernazzani, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Charles Haas, Special Agent in Charge, Department of Homeland Security, announced today. (Read more)

Friday, August 11, 2006

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Woman Sentenced to 12 Months in Federal Prison, Without Parole, for Defrauding FEMA of Nearly $15,000

U.S. Attorney Richard B. Roper announced today that Stacey Beth Johnson was sentenced today in federal court by United States District Judge John McBryde to 12 months imprisonment. (Read more)

Friday, August 11, 2006

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Another Charged in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in Federal FEMA Fraud Case

United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced that DERRICK W. DEAMER, age 32, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was arrested on July 26, 2006. (Read more)

Thursday, August 10, 2006

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College Park, Feorgia Man Charged with Stealing Red Cross and FEMA Funds Intended for Victims of Hurricane Katrina

Atlanta, GA -CLARENCE J. BROWN, 42 of College Park, Georgia, was arraigned today on federal charges of devising a scheme to defraud the FEMA and the American Red Cross of $34,553.02 in Hurricane Katrina disaster assistance funds. (Read more)

Thursday, August 10, 2006

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Tampa Woman Indicted for FEMA Fraud

Tampa, Florida - United States Attorney Paul I. Perez today announced the return of an Indictment of 35 year old Iveal Robinson, a/k/a Aveal Robinson, of Tampa, charging her with mail fraud. (Read more)

Thursday, August 10, 2006

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North Texans Indicted for FEMA Fraud

United States Attorney Matthew D. Orwig announced today that three North Texans have been indicted in two separate cases of hurricane related fraud in the Eastern District of Texas. (Read more)

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Press Release

Lawton Man Arrested for Fraud Related Charges to Hurricane Katrina

Atari Finley, 26, of Lawton, Okla., was sentenced to five months in prison for cashing a $2,000 FEMA hurricane relief check obtained by fraud, U.S. Attorney John C. Richter for the Western District of Oklahoma, announced today. (Read more)

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

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Gulfport Resident Pleads Guilty to Katrina Fraud

United States Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, announced that Shera Sims, of Gulfport, Mississippi, entered a guilty plea in federal court on Monday. (Read more)

Monday, August 07, 2006

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Texarkana Hotel Manager Guilty of Hurricane Related Fraud

United States Attorney Matthew D. Orwig announced today that a 64-year-old Texarkana hotel manager has pleaded guilty to hurricane related fraud charges in the Eastern District of Texas. (Read more)

Thursday, August 03, 2006

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Two More Sentenced in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Federal FEMA Fraud Charges

United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced that two more Louisiana residents were sentenced in federal court today by U.S. District Court Judge James J. Brady on fraud charges related to hurricane disaster relief programs. (Read more)

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

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

United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced that DEā€™ONDRA PROFIT, age 34, of Baton Rouge was sentenced. (Read more)

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