Ex-Gulfport Mayor, Wife Face New Charges

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Former Gulfport Mayor Brent Warr and his wife, Laura, already facing Hurricane Katrina fraud charges, have pleaded not guilty to four unrelated counts stemming from bank loans.

Brent Warr was the highest-ranking public official charged with Katrina fraud.
He and his wife had already pleaded not guilty to 16 charges related to alleged Katrina fraud when the new indictment was made public Aug. 5.

The four new charges accuse the Warrs of bank fraud and making false statements in applications for two loans totaling $474,000 from 2002 and 2003.

A court official said they pleaded not guilty to the new charges in a brief hearing Wednesday.

Warr didn't seek re-election this year; George Schloegel was sworn in as mayor in July.

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