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Pittsburgh Woman Charged With Filing False Applications For Hurricane Katrina Funds

April 13, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of mail fraud involving Hurricane Katrina relief funds, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The five‑count indictment named Karolyn E. Denson, 49, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, Denson filed false applications and certifications with FEMA in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in order to receive federal disaster relief funds that she was not entitled to.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 25 years in prison, a fine of $1,250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney James T. Kitchen is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment or information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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