Tuesday, November 7, 2006

FEMA Frauds

Although Hurricane Katrina has come and gone, one area continuing is  prosecutions arising from FEMA frauds. In the past week, there have been press releases from the DOJ Katrina Task Force telling of recent prosecutions.

1. "A Dallas woman who ran a scheme that defrauded the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of more than $80,000 was sentenced today in federal court, announced United States Attorney Richard B. Roper. United States District Judge David C. Godbey sentenced Lakietha Diann Hall, 35, of Dallas, to 70 months imprisonment and ordered her to pay $83,254 in restitution. Hall pled guilty in July to one count of conspiracy to commit theft of federal public funds and one count of aggravated identity theft. In a related case, Hall pled guilty to count one of an indictment that charged her with failure to appear. "  See here

2. "[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." See here

3. Taking advantage of a hurricane evacuee - See here

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