United States Department of Justice

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

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Press Release

Atlanta Woman Sentenced for Katrina Fraud

NAKIA DEWUANE GRIMES, 30, of Atlanta, Georgia was sentenced today by United States District Judge Clarence Cooper on a charge of using the mail to defraud the United States government. (Read more)

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Press Release

Defendants Plead Guilty to Bribery Related to Katrina

Mitchell Kendrix of Memphis, Tenn., and Paul Nelson of Lisbon, Maine, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery involving debris removal in Perry County, Miss., U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton today announced. (Read more)

Friday, March 17, 2006

Press Release

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

United States Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced today that five separate indictments charging eight individuals with participating in a wire fraud scheme to defraud the American Red Cros and Western Union of funds intended for victims of Hurricane Katrina were filed late yesterday. (Read more)

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Press Release

Three 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 three more Louisiana residents on federal FEMA fraud charges. (Read more)

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Press Release

Two Plead Guilty to Stealing Hurricane Katrina Funds

Atlanta, GA - HENRY P. EDWARDS, 41, of Atlanta, Georgia, and DWIGHT M. THOMAS, 21, of Doraville, GA, pleaded guilty today in federal district court to stealing FEMA funds that were intended for Hurricane Katrina victims. (Read more)

Friday, March 10, 2006

Press Release

Galveston Man Sentenced to One Year in Prison for Defrauding FEMA of Hurricane Katrina Disaster Funds

United States Attorney Chuck Rosenberg announced today that Robert Foster, 39, of Galveston, Texas was sentenced to one year in federal prison for defrauding the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of Hurricane Katrina disaster assistance. (Read more)

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Press Release

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

United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced that DANA L. JOSEPH, age 22, a resident of Donaldsonville, Louisiana, pled guilty today before District Court Judge James J. Brady to Count One of an indictment charging JOSEPH with making false and fraudulent claims for disaster relief benefits. (Read more)

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Press Release

Three Guilty Pleas in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to Federal FEMA Fraud Charges

United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced that three Louisiana residents pled guilty today before District Court Judge James J. Brady to federal FEMA fraud charges. (Read more)

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Press Release

Four More Texans Indicted for Filing False Claims with FEMA for Hurricane Disaster Funds

Four Texans were indicted for filing false claims to obtain Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) disaster relief assistance. United States Attorney Chuck Rosenberg reported that the filing of criminal charges in these cases brings the total to 13 persons charged in the Southern District of Texas with fraud in connection with FEMA hurricane disaster relief programs. (Read more)

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Press Release

Federal Grand Jury Indicts More in FEMA Fraud Scheme

United States Attorney Richard B. Roper announced that a federal grand jury in Dallas returned an 11-count superseding indictment charging 10 Dallas and Jackson, Mississippi, area residents, with various offenses related to their role in a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) fraud scheme. (Read more)

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Press Release

Hurricane Katrina Evacuee Sentenced for 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 was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Monroe, United States Attorney Donald W. Washington announced. (Read more)

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Press Release

Defendant Pleads Guilty to FEMA Fraud

United States Attorney Dunn Lampton announced today that ANNIE TRAVIS of Jackson, Mississippi entered a plea of guilty to making a false statement to theFederal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) in order to fraudulently obtain Katrina relief funds. (Read more)

Monday, March 06, 2006

Press Release

Montgomery Woman Indicted on Federal FEMA Fraud and Threats to a Federal Witness Charges

A federal grand jury returned an indictment on March 1, 2006, against Bernetta Willis, age 27, a resident of Montgomery county, charging her with fraudulently obtaining disaster assistance from the FEMA in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and then threatening a witness who was to testify against her about her FEMA claims, U. S. Attorney Leura G. Canary announced today. (Read more)

Friday, March 03, 2006

Press Release

Colorado Residents Arrested for Fraud Related to Hurricane Katrina

4 Colorado residents were arrested for defrauding the government and others related to Hurricane Katrina. The defendants were arrested without incident this morning. Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Louisiana and adjacent areas on August 29, 2005.. (Read more)

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Press Release

Seven 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 seven more Louisiana residents on federal FEMA fraud charges. (Read more)

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Press Release

Two St. Louis Area Women are Indicted on Katrina Fraud Charges

Two St. Louis area women have been indicted on charges of stealing money from the United States government based on false claims made to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for relief funds available to victims of Hurricane Katrina. (Read more)

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Press Release

Galveston's Flagship Hotel Owner Charged with Defrauding FEMA Hurricane Evacuee Relief Programs

United States Attorney Chuck Rosenberg announced today the return of a 39-count indictment charging Daniel Yeh, 52, of Sugar Land, Texas, with twenty-two counts of wire fraud and seventeen counts of filing false claims against the FEMA. (Read more)

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Press Release

Two Charged with FEMA Fraud

KENNETH EDWARD McCAIN AND GLADYS MAE WHITT are charged in unrelated cases of FEMA fraud in Indictments filed today in U.S. District Court. (Read more)

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