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Feb 6, 2013 9:07 AM by AP

Woman charged with defrauding Road Home program

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 40-year-old New Orleans woman has been accused of defrauding the Louisiana Road Home program set up after Hurricane Katrina to help residents recover from the storm.

U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente says Nedra Bell was charged Monday in a two-count bill of information with theft of government funds and making false statements to an agency of the United States.

Prosecutors say Bell applied for a Road Home grant for property she was renting from her brother at the time of Katrina. She applied on her brother's behalf, falsely saying he lived there, and received about $54,372 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

If convicted, Bell faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, restitution to HUD and three years of supervised release.




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