Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Mississippi ahead on Katrina Cottages . . . and fraud?

Miss. Mayor Indicted on Katrina Fraud Charges

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- The mayor of a Mississippi city hit hard by Hurricane Katrina has been indicted after federal officials say he filed a false claim for disaster assistance. The indictment alleges Warr and his wife, Laura, sought a grant for a hurricane-damaged beachfront house they did not live in. Gulfport is on the coast about 80 miles east of New Orleans. The Warrs pleaded not guilty Wednesday. Charges include conspiring to defraud the federal government and filing a false claim for disaster assistance. Brent Warr is the highest-ranking municipal official indicted for Katrina fraud to date.

Now taking bets on how soon an NOLA official is indicted . . .

2 comments:

Amy said...

With stories like this, do we really need to wonder why people have such distaste in other parts of the country for the rebuilding effort. Too bad it takes two corrupt individuals to make national news and become the poster chid for what is really happening with recovery money. Grr.

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