Feds Probe Post-Katrina Crime

Six Mississippians have been indicted for allegedly making false claims to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Willie Mae Carr, Sherneka Chante Brown, Kimberly Lewis and Chenita Holmes, all of Jackson, Judith Turnage of Gulfport, and Coretta Grant of Pelahatchie are accused of making fraudulent claims for hurricane relief funds.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Jackson said the indictments resulted from a joint investigation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FBI, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

According to the indictments, all six submitted a false claim for disaster funds after Hurricane Katrina.

The maximum penalty is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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