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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

Thursday, January 25, 2018

New Orleans Woman is Sentenced for Making False Statements to The Federal Bureau of Investigation

KYRA D. MORRIS-GRIFFITH, (MORRIS-GRIFFITH), age 37, of New Orleans, was sentenced today before U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.  MORRIS-GRIFFITH previously pled guilty to a one (1) count Ninth Superseding Bill of Information for false statements made to an agency of the United States, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001(a)(2), a felony.  MORRIS-GRIFFITH was sentenced to pay a fine of $1,000 and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.


According to court documents, MORRIS-GRIFFITH knowingly and willfully made materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statements and representations in a matter within the jurisdiction of an agency of the executive branch of the United States Government, to wit, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”).  Specifically, in response to questioning by the FBI, MORRIS-GRIFFITH falsely denied that on May 7, 2014, she and her father, W.D., saw and met with Gregory Denson, her uncle, who was at the Brown Derby Super Store located at Jefferson Davis Parkway and Tulane Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana for the purpose of learning the whereabouts of E.B. and MORRIS-GRIFFITH’s silver Infinity QX-56 SUV when, in fact, she did. The FBI’s questioning of MORRIS-GRIFFITH was in connection with an ongoing investigation of Gregory Denson for serious drug and violent crime related offenses. 


U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Orleans Police Department led Multi-Agency Gang Unit in investigating this matter.


Assistant United States Attorneys Michael M. Simpson, Gregory Kennedy, and James Baehr were in charge of the prosecution of the defendant.


False Claims Act
Updated January 25, 2018