Oct 7, 2011 6:48 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Chalmette man pleads guilty in Katrina fraud case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 40-year-old Chalmette man has pleaded guilty to federal charges of theft of government funds in a case involving Louisiana's Road Home program.
U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says Ivan Alfonso entered the plea Thursday before U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk.
Letten's office says Alfonso applied for funds through the program declaring that a home in Chalmette was his primary residence when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. But, prosecutors said, at the time of the storm, Alfonso actually lived in New Orleans.
As a result, Letten says Alfonso received $123,437 in Road Home funds to which he was not entitled.
Sentencing is set for Jan. 12. Alfonso faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


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