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Jul 2, 2010 6:32 AM by Chris Welty

Slidell Woman Pleads Guilty to Katrina Fraud

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Slidell woman has pleaded guilty to
fraudulently obtaining disaster aid from the American Red Cross in
Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.
Federal prosecutors said 27-year-old Sylvia Barnes submitted
four applications for assistance and received $4,695 when the Red
Cross limited awards to a one-time payment of up to $1,565.
Barnes faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a
$250,000 fine following her guilty plea Thursday to one count of
wire fraud. Her sentencing is set for Oct. 7.

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