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Apr 18, 2011 7:59 AM by Posted by Sharlee Barriere

Sentencing Date Set in Town of Ball Fraud Case

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A federal prosecutor is asking U.S. District Judge Dee Drell to give lesser sentences to four town of Ball officials who cooperated in a disaster-fraud investigation involving former Mayor Roy Hebron.
In motions filed Friday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cytheria Jernigan asks Drell for leniency in sentencing former Ball Police Chief Jay Barber, police Officer Clay Akins and former police employees Judy Marie Crowe and LaVerne James because of their help in the investigation.
Three of the four, along with Hebron and former Town Clerk Brenda Kimball, pleaded guilty earlier this year to various charges of fraud for overbilling the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Hurricane Gustav in 2008.
The Town Talk reports all six are scheduled to be sentenced May 6 in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.

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