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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Mississippi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 1, 2013

Waynesboro Man Sentenced For Conspiracy To Defraud Fema During Hurricane Katrina Debris Removal

Jackson, Miss. - Aubrey Brent Sturdivant, 28, of Waynesboro, Mississippi, was sentenced in U.S. District Court on November 7, 2013, to 41 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for his role in conspiring to defraud the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis, FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen and Mississippi State Auditor Stacey Pickering. Sturdivant was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.

The conspiracy to defraud FEMA began in November 2005 and continued through December 2006 during Hurricane Katrina debris removal operations in Wayne County, Mississippi. Sturdivant was given an additional sentence of 3 months imprisonment for criminal contempt for intentionally violating a court order during his January 2013 trial. The district court ordered the sentences to be served consecutively.

Sturdivant was charged as the result of a lengthy investigation conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Mississippi State Auditors Office. Assistant United States Attorneys Jerry L. Rushing and Carla J. Clark handled the prosecution on behalf of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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