LOCAL MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO LOUISIANA ROAD HOME PROGRAM FRAUD
HUBERT JOSEPH SENTINO, JR., age 48, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, pled guilty today in federal court to a bill of information before U. S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey, to theft of government funds, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According the factual basis, on October 8, 2006, the defendant submitted an application to the Louisiana Road Home Program to obtain a LRA Grant in which he falsely and fraudulently represented that the property located in the 7100 block of Oleander Street in New Orleans was his primary residence on the date Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans on August 29, 2005. SENTINO pled guilty today admitting that this property was not the primary residency of the defendant on August 29, 2005 and as a result of his fraudulent representations, he received $61,000 in Louisiana Road Home Program grant funds to which he was not entitled.
SENTINO faces a maximum sentence of ten (10) years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, and a three (3) year term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. Pursuant to the plea agreement, SENTINO agreed to make full restitution to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The sentencing of this matter is set for December 14, 2010.
The case was investigated by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General and the Small Business Administration, Office of Inspector General and is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Marvin Opotowsky.
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