More Arrests in Hurricane Fraud

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Three Texas residents have been arrested on charges of falsely claiming to be hurricane victims to secure financial aid from the government, authorities said.

The arrests bring to four the number of Texans charged with fraudulent hurricane-related schemes, officials said.

LaToya Harris and Jimmie Williams of Houston, and Robert Foster, of Galveston, were charged with making a false claim to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

According to a complaint, Harris, who shares an apartment with Williams, claimed to be a Hurricane Katrina victim from Mississippi to obtain a $2,000 disaster-relief check.

Williams falsely claimed that Hurricane Rita damaged his Houston apartment, although a Department of Homeland Security investigator found no damage.

Foster allegedly received a $2,000 check after claiming to be a Hurricane Katrina victim from Louisiana, although he has lived in Texas since June 15, 2005.

If convicted, all three face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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