The mayor of Gulfport, Mississippi has been indicted on fraud charges in connection with Hurricane Katrina.
Wired PR News.com – Gulfport, Mississippi Mayor Brent Warr has been indicted on fraud charges stemming from Hurricane Katrina. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Warr, along with his wife Laura, pled not guilty on Wednesday to charges that he fraudulently obtained disaster relief assistance to be used for the repair of his beach front home, which was damaged by the 2005 storm. The two were indicted on 16 counts in connection to the alleged fraud, with the indictment first being made public on Wednesday.
Warr is quoted in the AP report as releasing the statement, “This inquiry has been going on for more than a year now, and we hope and pray for a much faster resolution… We have entered a plea of not guilty. Out of respect for the justice system and the government, I will not speak further about the claim made against us.”
A trial for the couple is scheduled for April 6. If convicted, they may face a jail sentence of up to 210 years and $4 million in fines.