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Newest Disaster: Mississippi Mayor and Wife Indicted in Katrina Fraud

Mayor Brent Warr/city photo

Mayor Brent Warr/city photo

Meet the latest public corruption case. Sadly this one involved Katrina funds. Sadly there are no limits to greed.

By Chris Joyner
Jackson Clarion Ledger
JACKSON, Miss — Gulfport Mayor Brent Warr and his wife, Laura Jean Warr, have been indicted today on 16 counts of Katrina fraud, including charges they stole federal funds, filed false disaster assistance claims and committed insurance fraud.
If convicted on all counts, the Warrs could face decades in federal prison and up to $4 million in fines. Both have been released on bond and given an April 6 trial date.
The investigation was conducted by the inspectors general of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Housing and Urban Department and the State Auditor’s Katrina Fraud Task Force.
State Auditor Stacey Pickering said the case is similar to more than two dozen indictments handed down on prior Katrina-related fraud cases.
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