FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, November 6, 2006
FEMA FRAUD RELATED TO HURRICANE KATRINA
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that a grand jury sitting in Raleigh last week, returned a nine-count Indictment which contained fraud-related charges associated with fraudulent claims made after Hurricane Katrina. Named in the Indictment were OLIVER WENDELL GREEN, RACINE RAY MURPHY, KENDRICK LONCONDO GIBSON, FRANKIE DARNELL GREEN, JOYCE GOODMAN TAYLOR, TINA LYNDE DIEHM, KIMBERLY LOWERY FIELDS, and CURTIS HOWARD LOCKLEAR, all of whom are from the Fayetteville and Spring Lake, North Carolina area.
The Indictment sets forth a scheme under which the defendants filed applications with FEMA for over $17,000.00 claiming to have sustained damages while residing in Louisiana when Hurricane Katrina hit the gulf coast on August 29, 2005. It is alleged that OLIVER WENDELL GREEN provided detailed instructions to the other defendants to include fraudulent addresses in Kenner, Louisiana to be used when filing the fraudulent claims. It is alleged that the defendants were never victims of Hurricane Katrina as they all resided in North Carolina.
An Indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the Government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. A trial date has not yet been set.
Investigation of these cases was conducted by agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General in Atlanta, Georgia and the United States Secret Service in Wilmington, North Carolina. Assistant U. S. Attorney J. Gaston B. Williams is handling the case for the Government.
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