Ex-Coast mayor wants judge to toss Katrina fraud plea
Published: September 25,2012
Tags: appeal, bench, city, court, damage, destruction, disaster, disaster recovery, emergency, executive, federal agency, federal government, flood, flooding, fraud, funding, funds, guilty, home, house, hurricane, judge, judicial, judiciary, land, mayor, municipal government, municipality, natural disaster, plea, property, rain, real estate, residence, storm, storm surge, tax, taxpayer, trial, tropical, Weather, wind
GULFPORT — A former Gulfport mayor is asking a federal judge to throw out his guilty plea almost three years ago to a felony charge of stealing FEMA funds.
The plea deal Brent Warr entered into with the government allowed him and his wife to walk out of court with no prison time.
The Sun Herald reports Warr’s attorney argues in new court documents that FEMA did not determine that Warr was ineligible for the assistance his family received after Hurricane Katrina even though the government charged him with the crime.
Warr contends that FEMA has acknowledged since his plea that it made errors in determining applicant eligibility for benefits following Katrina.
Warr was sentenced in 2009 to three years’ probation and ordered to pay $9,558 in restitution.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
Top Posts & Pages
- A BIG CHANGE: New mortgage rules seen bringing increase in pricey mobile home loans
- Analyst: KiOR Columbus plant may end up sold as scrap
- Warden who lives hundreds of miles from jail resigns
- Jail kitchen supervisor pleads guilty to stealing food
- (UPDATE) Gov. Bryant: $1.2 billion aluminum plant is a very exciting proposition for the state of Mississippi
- Nehi Bottling Company has been a Cleveland fixture for 85 years
- WILLOUGHBY: Bernie Reed cites hard work as key to success of Reed’s Metals
- DAVID DALLAS: Savor this Thanksgiving and be grateful
- Hunting-weapons legislation passes House