NEW ORLEANS WOMAN SENTENCED FOR DEFRAUDING LOUISIANA ROAD HOME PROGRAM AND FEMA
ELIZABETH L. HOLIDAY, age 63, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced in federal court today before U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk to five (5) years probation for two counts of theft of government funds relating to fraudulent applications for financial assistance that she submitted to the Louisiana Road Home and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. In addition, HOLIDAY has been ordered to pay $54,566.88 in restitution to the Louisiana Road Home and $21,382.35 in restitution to FEMA.
According to court documents, both the Louisiana Road Home Program and FEMA made disaster assistance money available to those whose primary residence was destroyed by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. HOLIDAY applied for and received a Road Home grant of $54,566.88 and a FEMA grant of $21,382.35 for residential property located at 4927 Pecan Street, New Orleans, which she owned, but used as a rental property, at the time Hurricane Katrina struck. HOLIDAY fraudulently represented that she used this address as her primary residence at the time of the storm.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Sharan E. Lieberman.
If you believe you have been a victim of fraud from a person or an organization soliciting relief funds on behalf of storm victims or have knowledge of waste, abuse, or allegations of mismanagement involving disaster relief operations, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud toll free at: (866) 720-5721. You can also fax information to: (225) 334-4707 or e-mail it to: firstname.lastname@example.org