United States Department of Justice

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

Monday, February 27, 2006

Press Release

Arrest for Fraud in Obtaining Disaster Unemployment Debit Cards

United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced that SCOTT LEE ROBERTS, age 40, formerly of Orlando, Florida, was charged in a criminal complaint signed by a magistrate judge in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on February 16, 2006, with wire fraud and false use of Social Security numbers to obtain disaster unemployment debit cards for alleged losses resulting from Hurricane Katrina. (Read more)

Friday, February 17, 2006

Press Release

Katrina Fraud Defendant Sentenced

JOZELL LOIS DICKERSON, 36, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, was sentenced late yesterday by United States District Judge Charles A. Pannell, Jr. on a felony charge of obtaining FEMA assistance funds by falsely claiming that she was a victim of Hurricane Katrina. (Read more)

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Press Release

Eight 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 eight more Louisiana residents on federal FEMA fraud charges.(Read more)

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Press Release

Midland Man Pleads Guilty in Hurricane Katrina Fraud

United States Attorney Johnny Sutton announced today that Charles Gasper, of Midland, Texas, pled guilty to fraud relating to hurricane Katrina emergency assistance.(Read more)

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Press Release

Defendant Found Guilty in FEMA Fraud Trial

The trial of two individuals who were charged with FEMA fraud concluded today. The jury returned a guilty verdict against ISAAC H. CARLOSS, JR., age 26, of Wildsville, Louisiana, on one count of conspiracy, one count of theft of mail, and two counts of theft of public money, United States Attorney Donald W. Washington announced. MARY E. THOMAS was acquitted by the jury.(Read more)

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Press Release

Houston Man Pleads Guilty to Filing False Claim with FEMA for Hurricane Katrina Disaster Funds

United States Attorney Chuck Rosenberg announced today that Clifford Neville, 53, of Houston, Texas, has been convicted of filing a false claim with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for Hurricane Katrina Disaster funds.(Read more)

Monday, February 13, 2006

Testimony

Houston Man Pleads Guilty to Filing False Claim with FEMA for Hurricane Katrina Disaster Funds

Statement of Alice S. Fisher Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, "Hurricane Katrina: Waste, Fraud and Abuse Worsen the Disaster.(Read more)

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Press Release

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

United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced that TIFFANY N. HATHORN, age 25, a resident of Donaldsonville, Louisiana, pled guilty today before District Court Judge John V. Parker to Count One of an Indictment charging HATHORN with making false and fraudulent claims for disaster relief benefits.(Read more)

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Press Release

Waco Man Pleads Guilty to Hurricane Katrina Fraud

United States Attorney Johnny Sutton announced today that, thirty-three year-old George Marrero faces up to five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to making a false and fictitious claim to a federal agency.(Read more)

Monday, February 06, 2006

Press Release

Three Montgomery Residents Charged with Fraudulently Obtaining Disaster Assistance Funds from FEMA

Leura Garrett Canary, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, announced that on January 20, 2006, a federal grand jury returned separate indictments against the following Montgomery residents:Grace Nichole Pettway, age 31,Shalanda Long, age 32, Shulonda Johnson, age 22. (Read more)

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Press Release

Four Additional Bakersfield Residents Charged with Fraud in Connection with Funds Intended for Victims of Hurricane Katrina- 53 Defendants now Charged

United States Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced today that additional indictments were returned for four more Bakersfield residents in three separate cases charged with participating in a wire fraud scheme to defraud the American Red Cross and Western Union of funds intended for victims of Hurricane Katrina. (Read more)

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Press Release

FEMA Officials Indicted in New Orleans on Federal Bribery Charges

Federal Grand Jury returned an indictment charging two FEMA officials working in New Orleans - ANDREW ROSE and LOYD HOLLIMAN - both residents of Colorado, for soliciting bribes as public officials. (Read more)

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