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Aug 26, 2010 9:30 PM by Alison Haynes

22 new Katrina fraud charges announced

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - With the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
a few days away, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten announced the latest
round of fraud cases arising from the storm.
Letten outlined charges Thursday against 22 people accused of
bilking government agenciquaor aid programs out of amounts ranging
from $2,000 to well over $400,000.
They are among more than 180 Katrina fraud cases prosecuted in
the New Orleans federal district and 500 nationwide. Letten said
more cases are pending, although he acknowledged that the number of
cases is falling and that a five-year statute of limitaitons will
be kicking in for some in the coming months.
The latest convictions came Wednesday in a case involving
Katrina damage claims for a house that was destroyed by fire in
2004.

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