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Hancock County man admits Katrina fraud

Posted on Feb 12, 01:50PM | IBNS

Jackson, Feb 12 : A 50-year-old man identified as Anthony L. Bryan of Hancock County, Mississippi, has pled guilty to making false statements to the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) for Hurricane Katrina grant money, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and Daniel McMullen, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday.

In February, 2008, Bryan applied for an MDA Homeowner Assistance program grant to receive Homeowner Assistance Program or "HAP" assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for damages incurred by Hurricane Katrina at an address in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, which he falsely claimed as his primary residence.

As a result of his false statement, he received USD 97,271.73.

Bryan will be sentenced on May 15 at 10:00 a.m. by Senior U.S. District Judge Walter J. Gex, III. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a USD 250,000 fine.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jerry Rushing, Ruth Morgan and Andrea Jones.