METAIRIE WOMAN SENTENCED FOR FORGING A SEAL OF A DEPARTMENT OR AGENCY OF THE UNITED STATES
STEPHANIE O. LANGLOIS, age 38, a resident of Metairie, LA, was sentenced in federal court today by U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey to six (6) months of imprisonment for one count of forging a seal of a department or agency of the United States, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. In addition, the defendant was ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution and serve three (3) years of supervised release during which time the defendant will be under federal supervision and risks additional imprisonment should she violate the terms of her release.
According to court documents, on eight (8) separate occasions between October, 2007 and February, 2008, the defendant forged and counterfeited the Office of Management and Budget seal and printed the seal on documents purporting to be grant award letters. She distributed these letters to potential clients for the purpose of misleading them into thinking that an official government agency had awarded them grant money that would assist them in rebuilding their businesses from damage sustained in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 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