Ex-road manager, wife plead not guilty to Katrina fraud

HANCOCK COUNTY — Not guilty was the plea entered in federal court by a former Hancock County road manager and his wife.

Roger Ladner and his wife, Sharon, of Kiln, are accused of a conspiracy to accept bribes and launder money in a scheme involving Hurricane Katrina cleanup contracts that the federal government says were awarded to close family members of the defendants.

The Sun Herald the plea was entered today. Trial will be March 5 in federal court. They are allowed to remain free until the trail but they had to surrender their passports and they had to each post a $25,000 appearance bond.

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