Authorities negotiating with man charged with Katrina fraud

WAYNE COUNTY — Court records indicate that federal authorities are negotiating a plea with a man charged with Hurricane Katrina fraud related to debris removal in Wayne County.

Judd Johnston was an inspector charged with signing off on loads of debris removed from county property. The November indictment in the case says Johnston was paid to sign fraudulent documents claiming debris came from county property.

He has pleaded not guilty. The trial had been set to begin this week, but his lawyer asked for a continuance due to the expectation that prosecutors will offer a plea in the case.

The trial date was pushed back to February.

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