United States Department of Justice

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

Monday, January 30, 2006

Press Release

Aventura Man Pleads Guilty to Hurricane Katrina Internet Scam

R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Jonathan I. Solomon, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), announced today that defendant, Gary S. Kraser pled guilty to fraudulently soliciting charitable donations supposedly intended for Hurricane Katrina relief. (Read more)

Friday, January 27, 2006

Press Release

Three More Portland Residents Charged with Fraud and Receipt of Stolen FEMA Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Funds

Karin J. Immergut, the United States Attorney for the District of Oregon, announced today that two additional indictments have been unsealed charging three more Portland residents in connection with fraudulent receipt of Hurricane Katrina disaster relief funds. (Read more)

Friday, January 27, 2006

Press Release

FEMA Officials Arrested in New Orleans on Federal Public Bribery Charges

Two FEMA officials working in New Orleans - ANDREW ROSE and LOYD HOLLMAN - both of Colorado, were arrested by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DHS Inspector General’s Office this morning for soliciting bribes as public officials. (Read more)

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Press Release

Katrina Evacuee in Conroe Charged with Fraudulently Obtaining Disaster Unemployment Assistance

United States Attorney Chuck Rosenberg announced today that Edward Good, 41, a Hurricane Katrina evacuee residing in Conroe, Texas, has been charged with mail fraud in connection with his obtaining a Louisiana Department of Labor Disaster Unemployment Assistance debit card in the name of another individual who was not an evacuee. (Read more)

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Press Release

Six Portland Residents Charged with Fraud and Receipt of Stolen FEMA Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Funds

Karin J. Immergut, the United States Attorney for the District of Oregon, announced today that six Portland residents have been charged in connection with the fraudulent receipt of Hurricane Katrina disaster relief funds. The indictments were returned by a federal grand jury in Portland on January 25, 2006. (Read more)

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Press Release

Texas City Man Charged with Defrauding FEMA of Hurricane Rita Disaster Relief Funds

United States Attorney Chuck Rosenberg announced today the arrest of John Wesley Holiday, 26, of Texas City, Texas, for filing a false claim with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and formail fraud. Holiday, indicted by a federal grand jury on January 18, 2006, was arrested in Houston on Tuesday, January 24, 2006.(Read more)

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Press Release

Ferriday woman fraudulently obtains FEMA relief funds

A Ferriday, Louisiana woman who befriended an evacuee at one of the rescue shelters following Hurricane Katrina and then stole her FEMA fraud disaster assistance checks pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court. (Read more)

Friday, January 20, 2006

Press Release

Indictment 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 charged yesterday by a federal grand jury with five counts of wire fraud and eleven counts of illegal use of Social Security numbers. (Read more)

Friday, January 20, 2006

Press Release

Montgomery Woman Indicted in Hurricane Katrina Fraud

Leura G. Canary, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, announced that on January 20, 2006, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Laura Lee Phillips, age 44, a resident of Montgomery County, charging her with fraudulently obtaining disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. (Read more)

Friday, January 20, 2006

Press Release

Third Set of Hurricane Katrina Fraud Cases Indicted

Leura G. 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. (Read more)

Friday, January 20, 2006

Press Release

Four 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 four more Louisiana residents on federal FEMA fraud charges. (Read more)

Friday, January 20, 2006

Press Release

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

United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced today that a federal grand jury returned an indictment against another Louisiana resident who applied for FEMA relief funds. (Read more)

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Press Release

Houston Woman Pleads Guilty to Defrauding FEMA of Hurricane Katrina Disaster Funds

United States Attorney Chuck Rosenberg announced today that LaToya Harris, 33, 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)

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Press Release

Two Indicted for Hurricane Fraud

Two individuals were indicted in the Eastern District of Texas on charges of filing false claims for Hurricane relief funds with the FEMA. (Read more)

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Press Release

Five Charged in Federal Indictment for their Role in FEMA Fraud Scheme

United States Attorney Richard B. Roper announced that a federal grand jury in Dallas returned an 11-count indictment charging three Dallas-area residents and two Meyersville, Mississippi, residents, with various offenses related to their role in a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) fraud scheme. (Read more)

Friday, January 13, 2006

Press Release

Federal, State Officials Remind Mississippians to be on Guard for Fraud

United States Attorney Richard B. Roper announced that a federal grand jury in Dallas returned an 11-count indictment charging three Dallas-area residents and two Meyersville, Mississippi, residents, with various offenses related to their role in a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) fraud scheme. (Read more)

Friday, January 13, 2006

Press Release

Red Cross Volunteer & His Sister Charged with Stealing & Using more than 100 Red Cross Debit Cards

United States Attorney Richard B. Roper announced that Brian Oneal Hines, age 21, and his sister, Charmaine Denise Hines, age 32, pled guilty yesterday before the Honorable Jane J. Boyle, United States District Judge, to one count of an indictment charging them with the fraudulent use of an access device. (Read more)

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Press Release

Denton Couple Indicted for Hurricane Relief Fraud

A Denton couple has been indicted for posing as Hurricane Katrina victims and attempting to defraud the federal government. (Read more)

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Press Release

Three Mississippians Indicted for Katrina Fraud

United States Attorney Dunn Lampton announced today the Indictment of Annie Travis, Roberta Mayes and Paula Mayes of Jackson, Mississippi, for making false claims to FEMA for hurricane relief funds. (Read more)

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