Feb 6, 2011 1:13 PM by Chris Welty
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Two top officials of the Louisiana town
of Ball, including the mayor, have pleaded guilty to conspiring to
defraud the Federal Emergency Management Agency following Hurricane
Gustav in 2008.
Mayor Roy Hebron and town clerk Brenda Kimball entered the pleas
Saturday in federal court in Alexandria. Hebron quit his job
immediately as required by a plea bargain with prosecutors.
Both admitted to overstating the use of town vehicles and
equipment and hours worked by town employees. FEMA reimbursed the
town for those expenses.
Hebron and Kimball face up to five years in prison and fines of
$250,000. They are free until a May 6 sentencing date.
Four other people - including former Police Chief Jay Barber -
also have pleaded guilty in the case.