United States Department of Justice

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

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Press Release

Longview Woman Sentenced for Hurricane Related Fraud

A 29-year-old Longview, Texas, woman has been sentenced for posing as a Hurricane Katrina victim and attempting to defraud the federal government, U.S. Attorney Matthew D. Orwig of the Eastern District of Texas announced today. (Read more)

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Press Release

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

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

Monday, October 30, 2006

Press Release

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

Another Louisiana resident was sentenced in federal court on Friday by U.S. District Court Judge John V. Parker on fraud charges related to a hurricane disaster relief program, United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced today. (Read more)

Monday, October 30, 2006

Press Release

Two New Orleans Women Plead Guilty in Federal Court to Post-Katrina Bank Larceny

Renesha Brown of New Orleans, age 25, pled guilty to stealing money from ASI Federal Credit Union during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Ms. Brown plead guilty before U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman to bank larceny, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2113(b). (Read more)

Friday, October 27, 2006

Press Release

Two Sentenced, One Pled Guilty To FEMA Fraud Fraud Charge

United States Attorney Donald W. Washington announced that DWANA MARTIN, age 40, from Fort Smith, Arkansas, was sentenced today in federal court to 21 months imprisonment to be followed by 3 years supervised release by United States District Judge Rebecca Doherty for mail fraud. (Read more)

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Press Release

Louisiana Man Pleads Guilty for FEMA Hotel Assistance Fraud

United States Attorney Dunn Lampton and FBI Special Agent in Charge John Raucci announced today that DERRICK SHANE MILLER of New Orleans entered a plea of guilty to one count of mail fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud FEMA in its Hotel Assistance program. (Read more)

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Press Release

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

Another Louisiana resident was sentenced and another charged in a bill of information in federal court on fraud charges related to hurricane disaster relief programs, United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced today. (Read more)

Friday, October 13, 2006

Press Release

Another Louisiana Man Pleads Guilty to FEMA Fraud

Morris Singleton, 23, of Houma, La., pleaded guilty to making false statements regarding his application to FEMA for disaster assistance benefits, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten of the Eastern District of Louisiana announced today.. (Read more)

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Press Release

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

Another Louisiana resident was sentenced in federal court by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Ralph E. Tyson on a fraud charge related to a hurricane disaster relief program, United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced today. (Read more)

Friday, October 06, 2006

Press Release

Romanian Nationals Indicted for Running Internet Scam that Purported to Benefit Hurricane Katrina Victims

Two Romanian nationals were indicted today on charges of wire fraud and identity fraud related to a $150,000 Internet scheme that duped victims into believing they were providing assistance to Hurricane Katrina relief organizations. (Read more)

Friday, October 06, 2006

Press Release

Six Sentenced for FEMA Fraud

Orlando, Florida - On May 24, 2006, twenty-six individuals were charged inOperation “Storm Chaser” that was aimed at detecting and prosecuting instances of fraud in Central Florida related to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. (Read more)

Friday, October 06, 2006

Press Release

Belleville Woman Pleads Guilty to Hurricane Katrina Fraud, Aggravated Identity Theft and Public Benefit Frauds

Tina Marie Winston, a.k.a. Tina Marie Gilmore, 34, of Belleville, Ill., today entered a plea of guilty to four counts of mail fraud, three counts of making false statements, two counts of concealment of material information from the Social Security Administration, and single counts of misuse of a Social Security number and aggravated identity theft. (Read more)

Friday, October 06, 2006

Press Release

Fourth Person Arrested for Theft of Government Property in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

JAMAR ANDERSON, age 32, of Gretna, Louisiana, was arrested by federal agents yesterday on charges of conspiracy and theft of government property, United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced. (Read more)

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Press Release

Three Arrested for Theft of Government Property in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

BYRON T. BASIL, age 29, of Plaquemine, Louisiana; BYRON W. HARDESTY, age 37, of Baker, Louisiana; and LEROY THOMAS, JR., age 37, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were arrested by federal agents yesterday on charges of theft of government property. (Read more)

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Press Release

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

Another Louisiana resident was sentenced in federal court by U.S. District Court Judge Frank J. Polozola on a fraud charge related to a hurricane disaster relief program, United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced today. (Read more)

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Press Release

Another Louisiana Man Pleads Guilty to FEMA Fraud

Jermaine White, 21, of Gray, La., pleaded guilty to making false statements regarding his application to the FEMA for disaster assistance benefits, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten of the Eastern District of Louisiana. (Read more)

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Press Release

Another Guilty Plea to Katrina Fraud

Dianne M. Dean of Picayune, Miss., pleaded guilty to making a false claim and a false statement to the FEMA to fraudulently obtain Hurricane Katrina disaster benefits. (Read more)

Monday, October 02, 2006

Press Release

Two Year Prison Term for FEMA Fraud in Mississippi

United States Attorney Dunn Lampton announced today thatBryan Michael Beets of Vicksburg was sentenced to serve twenty-four months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. (Read more)

Monday, October 02, 2006

Press Release

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

Another Louisiana resident was sentenced in federal court by U.S. District Court Judge Frank J. Polozola on a fraud charge related to a hurricane disaster relief program, United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced today.. (Read more)

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