Posted: Aug 27, 2010 8:46 PM by Alison Haynes
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The former airport director at New Orleans'
Louis Armstrong International Airport faces criminal charges in an
alleged case of Katrina fraud.
U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said Sean Hunter, 44, and his wife,
Shauna Crowden Hunter, were charged in a bill of information
Friday with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and making false
statements to the FBI.
Prosecutors allege that Shauna Hunter falsely claimed that her
new BMW had been destroyed in Hurricane Katrina, which hit Aug. 29,
2005. According to the charges, Auto Club Inter-Insurance Exchange
sent Shauna Hunter a check for more than $3,000 and one to BMW
Financial Services for $51,908 to cover the cost of the car.
The car was not destroyed and images of it later were caught on
traffic light cameras in New Orleans. Prosecutors said that led to
the Hunters devising a scheme that included storing the car at an
airport parking garage.
A call for comment placed to a Sean Hunter listed in New
Orleans' phone directory was not immediately returned Friday
afternoon. There was no listing available for Shauna Hunter. No
defense lawyer was listed in court documents released Friday.
Sean Hunter resinksd in September amid the federal investigation
of possible insurance fraud by his wife. He had held the airport's
top administrative spot since 2006.