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PONCHATOULA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO LOUISIANA ROAD HOME FRAUD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 10, 2010

WILLIAM C. TURNAGE, Jr., age 60, a resident of Ponchatoula, Louisiana pled guilty yesterday in a federal court to material false statements to the United States, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.

According to the factual basis, on approximately March 7, 2007, TURNAGE applied for a grant from the Louisiana Road Home Program claiming 34 Keane Drive, Chalmette, Louisiana as his primary residence at the time of Hurricane Katrina. As a result of the fraudulent application, TURNAGE received a road home grant totaling $89,355.46. TURNAGE actually resided in Ponchatoula, Louisiana at the time of Hurricane Katrina, and was ineligible for the grant. Through his plea agreement, TURNAGE agreed to pay $89,355.46 in restitution, as well as $12,500 he received from FEMA assistance.

TURNAGE faces a possible maximum sentence of five (5)years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, and a three (3) year term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. Sentencing has been scheduled for September 15, 2010.

The case was investigated by agents of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General and is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Irene González.

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