United States Department of Justice

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

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Press Release

Two Charged in FEMA Fraud Conspiracy

A federal grand jury has returned indictments against three North Alabama residents on FEMA fraud charges. (Read more)

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Press Release

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

United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced that DEDRICK M. JACKSON, age 22, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, pled guilty today before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Ralph E. Tyson to Count One of an indictment charging JACKSON with making a false and fraudulent claim for disaster relief benefits. (Read more)

Friday, May 26, 2006

Press Release

Three more Alabama Residents Indicted on Federal FEMA Fraud Charges

A federal grand jury returned indictments against three more Alabama residents on federal FEMA fraud charges, United States Attorney Deborah J. Rhodes of the Southern District of Alabama announced today. (Read more)

Friday, May 26, 2006

Press Release

Four more Indicted in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Federal FEMA Fraud Charges

United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced that a federal grand jury returned indictments yesterday against four more Louisiana residents on federal FEMA fraud charges. (Read more)

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Press Release

Thomas Sentenced on FEMA Fraud Charges

DWIGHT MICHAEL THOMAS, 22, of Maurer, LA, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Charles A. Pannell on charges of defrauding the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) out of assistance funds that were designated for Hurricane Katrina victims. (Read more)

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Press Release

26 Orlando area People Charged with FEMA Fraud

U. S. Attorney Paul I. Perez announced today that 26 individuals have been charged in Operation �Storm Chaser� that is aimed at detecting and prosecuting instances of fraud in Central Florida related to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. (Read more)

Monday, May 22, 2006

Press Release

Four More Houston Residents Charged with Filing False Claims for FEMA Hurricane Relief

United States Attorney Donald J. DeGabrielle, Jr. today announced the recent return of four separate indictments charging Rashieda Hollins, 24, Zina Rogers, 42, Byron Smith, 59, and Jason Watson, 21, all of Houston, Texas, with filing false claims with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Rita disaster relief. (Read more)

Monday, May 22, 2006

Press Release

ST. Louis area Woman Pleads Guilty to Katrina Fraud Charges

Andrea N. Gholston, pled guilty this morning filing a false claim to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for relief funds available to victims of Hurricane Katrina and assisting another person to do the same thing, United States Attorney Catherine L. Hanaway announced today. (Read more)

Friday, May 19, 2006

Press Release

Federal Jury Convicts Dallas Man in FEMA Fraud Scheme

Defendant Recruited Homeless People in Dallas to Assist in the Scheme United States Attorney Richard B. Roper announced that late yesterday a federal jury convicted Dallas resident, Kenneth Reven McClain, a/k/a Roosevelt Hicks, a/k/a Lonnie Smith, a/k/a Keith Perry, a/k/a Paul Linder, a/k/a Corey Arness and a/k/a Jessie, on all 14 counts of a superseding indictment that charged him with various federal crimes relating to a FEMA fraud scheme he ran from August 2005 until his arrest on November 30, 2005 by federal authorities. (Read more)

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Press Release

Midland Man Sentenced for Hurricane Katrina Fraud

United States Attorney Johnny Sutton announced that Charles Gasper, of Midland, Texas, was sentenced this morning to time served � 5 months incarceration� for fraud relating to hurricane Katrina emergency assistance. (Read more)

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Press Release

Two more Plead Guilty in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to Federal FEMA Fraud Charges

United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced that two more Louisiana residents pled guilty in federal court to violations related to Hurricane Katrina relief funds. (Read more)

Monday, May 11, 2006

Testimony

Alice S. Fisher, AAG, Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Government Management, Finance, and Accountability of the Committee on Government Reform Concerning "After Katrina.

Attorney General of the Criminal Division United States Department of Justice Before the Subcommittee on Government Management, Finance, and Accountability Government Reform Committee U.S. House of Representatives Concerning "After Katrina: the Role of the Department of Justice's Katrina Fraud Task Force and Agency Inspectors General in Preventiug Waste, Fraud, and Abuse" May 10,2006. (Read more)

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Press Release

Defendant Filed Fraudulent Hurricane Katrina Claim Although He Rode Storm Out in Jail

The first Hurricane Katrina fraud case to be indicted in the Southern District of Alabama charges a homeless man who was in jail when the storm made landfall. U.S. Attorney Deborah J. Rhodes announced that on April 27, 2006 a federal grand jury in Mobile charged Arthur Lee Bonner with making false claims to the United States and mail fraud in connection with his fraudulent application for FEMA assistance following Hurricane Katrina. (Read more)

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Press Release

Arrest for Fraud in Obtaining Disaster Unemployment Debit Cards

United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced that WAYNE P. LAWLESS, age 50, of Donaldsonville, Louisiana, was arrested on May 3, 2006, and charged in a criminal complaint with mail fraud and false use of Social Security numbers to obtain disaster unemployment debit cards for alleged losses resulting from Hurricane Katrina. (Read more)

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Press Release

Hotel Manager Indicted for Hurricane Related Fraud

United States Attorney Matthew D. Orwig announced that a 64-year-old Texarkana hotel manager has been indicted this week for hurricane related fraud in the Eastern District of Texas. (Read more)

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Press Release

North Little Rock Woman Indicted on Hurricane Katrina Fraud Charges

United States Attorney Bud Cummins announced that a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Arkansas returned a three count indictment yesterday against MONICA L. ANDERSON on Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) fraud charges. (Read more)

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Press Release

Louisiana Man Indicted on Hurricane Katrina Fraud Charges

United States Attorney Bud Cummins announced that a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Arkansas returned a seventeen-count indictment today against EARNEST AVIST on Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) fraud charges. (Read more)

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