Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that PRENTISS MARTIN, age 51, of Marrero, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to theft of government funds.
U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon sentenced MARTIN to 4 years probation, which includes12 months of home detention, and $80,000 in restitution.
According to court documents, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an agency of the United States under the Department of Homeland Security, provided federal funds to the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), which provided grants to states and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration.
MARTIN executed application documents with the HMGP to receive federal grant funds to reconstruct his house on Bay Street in New Orleans, which was damaged by Hurricane Katrina. In support of his HMGP Home Reconstruction Grant application, MARTIN submitted fraudulent documents. As a result of his fraudulent submissions, MARTIN accepted and received federal HMGP grant monies in the amount of $80,000 to reconstruct his house in New Orleans. When Special Agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General traveled to MARTIN’s property on Bay Street, they observed a vacant lot.
Acting U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Inspector General, in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Loan AMimi@ Nguyen is in charge of the prosecution.