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Slidell Woman Sentenced for Lying to Federal Agents

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that TRACY C. HARTMAN, 49, of Slidell, was sentenced today for lying to federal agents.

U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman sentenced HARTMAN to three years probation.  Additionally, HARTMAN was ordered to pay $9,443 in restitution to the Small Business Administration (SBA) which is the amount of money lost by the SBA while the loan was suspended.

According to court documents, on October 21, 2015, HARTMAN pled guilty to one count of a Bill of Information for making false statements to an agency of the United States.  According to the Bill of Information, on January 4, 2006, HARTMAN and her husband were approved for a SBA Disaster loan in the amount of $182,700, resulting from Hurricane Katrina damages.

HARTMAN and her husband defaulted on the SBA disaster loan.  As a result of the loan default, in or about June 2010, the SBA began garnishment proceedings for Mr. Hartman’s payroll checks from St. Bernard Parish. In or about December 2011, the SBA stopped receiving the HARTMAN’s garnishment payments from St. Bernard Parish.  A letter, purporting to be from the SBA, was received by St. Bernard Parish claiming the debt had been paid and to stop the garnishment. The letter was a forgery and was not prepared by the SBA.  On or about April 20, 2012, HARTMAN made a false statement to federal authorities that she did not know the origin of the fraudulent letter which was hand delivered to the St. Bernard Parish government by her husband on or about November 29, 2011.  After further investigation, it was determined that HARTMAN composed the letter.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Small Business Administration, Office of Inspector General in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Carter K. D. Guice, Jr. of the Fraud Unit was in charge of the prosecution.

Updated February 24, 2016

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