April 27, 2008 in Nation/World

14 inmates filed false Katrina claims, prosecutors allege

McClatchy The Spokesman-Review

GULFPORT, Miss. – A federal grand jury has indicted 14 people from south Mississippi on fraud charges that accuse them of filing for hurricane-recovery funds while they were in prison.

Most of them had been incarcerated in a state prison for at least a year before Hurricane Katrina struck, said U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton.

Some of the defendants have been released after serving time on state convictions, but all of them face 20 years or more in a federal prison if convicted on the Katrina-fraud charges.

Federal prosecutors in the Southern District of Mississippi have obtained 300 indictments for Katrina fraud. Lampton oversees the Southern District.

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