SANJOY BHATTACHARYA CHARGED WITH FALSE STATEMENTS TO AN AGENCY OF THE UNITED STATES
SANJOY BHATTACHARYA, age 56, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was charged in a one-count indictment filed today for false statements to an agency of the United States, announced U. S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.
According to the Bill of Information, prior to and during the time of Hurricane Katrina, BHATTACHARYA resided on Tyler Drive in Slidell, Louisiana. On or about September 21, 2007, BHATTACHARYA applied for funds from the Louisiana Road Home Program claiming his primary residence at the time of the storm was on Joseph Street in New Orleans, a property he knew was leased to and inhabited by his tenants at time of the storm. As a result of the false statements in his application, BHATTACHARYA fraudulently received approximately $84,423 from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”), an agency and department of the United States.
If convicted, BHATTACHARYA faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five (5) years, a $250,0000 fine, restitution to the HUD, three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment, and a $100 special assessment.
U. S. Attorney Boente reiterated that the Indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Julia K. Evans.
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