Three Evacuees Helped by Oprah Indicted for Fraud

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A spokeswoman for Oprah's Angel Network expressed disappointment that four Hurricane Katrina evacuees allegedly committed fraud.

Three women from Houston and one from LaPlace, La., are accused of wrongfully obtaining federal rental assistance after buying new homes financed by the charity. The indictments were announced Wednesday.

Network spokeswoman Angela DePaul of Chicago told The Associated Press Thursday that she was disappointed to learn of the alleged actions by a few homeowners.

DePaul said officials with Oprah's Angel Network "remain proud of and committed to the hundreds of families we've been able to help through our hurricane rebuilding efforts."

TV personality Oprah Winfrey's charity partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build and furnish homes for about 65 families forced to relocate to Houston after 2005 hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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