NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Houston woman is facing up to 20 years in
federal prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty to getting
housing money fraudulently after Hurricane Katrina.
Prosecutors say 32-year-old Karen Jones pleaded guilty Wednesday
in New Orleans to one count of wire fraud and one count of mail
fraud for money she received for a residence she didn't live in.
According to court documents, after Hurricane Katrina, Jones
moved to Houston and began receiving housing benefits from the
Federal Emergency Management Agency for an apartment there. At
about the same time, she applied for federal assistance for a
residence in New Orleans.
Between December 2006 and December 2008, $33,525 was paid for
the New Orleans residence.
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