SANJOY BHATTACHARYA SENTENCED FOR DEFRAUDING THE LOUISIANA ROAD HOME PROGRAM
SANJOY BHATTACHARYA, age 56, a resident of New Orleans, was sentenced today in federal court by U. S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier to serve three years probation and pay a $15,000 fine, after pleading guilty to one count of making false statements to an agency of the United States, announced U. S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.
According to court documents, on or about September 21, 2007, BHATTACHARYA applied for funds from the Louisiana Road Home Program claiming his primary residence at the time of Hurricane Katrina was at 2436-38 Joseph Street, New Orleans, a property he knew was leased to and inhabited by his tenants at the time of the storm. As a result of his false statements in the application, BHATTACHARYA received approximately $84,423 from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, which he paid back to the government in February 2013.
The case was investigated by agents with the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States 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