Gulfport man gets prison for grant theft

GULFPORT — A Gulfport man has been sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to pay more than $118,000 for the theft of government funds intended as homeowner-assistance and disaster-relief for Hurricane Katrina survivors.

U.S. District Court Judge Sul Ozerden on Friday ruled Gerald W. Haydel must make restitution of $115,229 and pay a $3,000 fine.

The judge also sentenced Haydel to three years of probation, to include five months of home confinement.

Haydel pleaded guilty in September, admitting a grant he received after Katrina was for a rental property he owned — not his primary residence.

Haydel’s brother, Michael D. Haydel, pleaded guilty on a lesser charge in September. Michael Haydel is set for sentencing Wednesday.

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