Jan 20, 2012 9:54 AM by AP

Analyst charged with selling homeowners' names

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans woman who worked as an analyst for Louisiana's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program has been charged with plotting to sell the names of residents eligible for federal funds to elevate their homes after Hurricane Katrina.
A court filing Thursday charges 33-year-old Wanda Acker Williams with conspiring to commit bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds.
Federal prosecutors say Williams used her position as an analyst to mine a database of homeowners eligible for hazard mitigation grants. She allegedly was paid to give those names to an unidentified person who helped secure contracts with homeowners for general contractors and subcontractors.
Williams faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if she's convicted of the charge. She is scheduled to be arraigned on Jan. 31.


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