Meridian Star

April 3, 2013

Plea change hearing set in Katrina fraud case


Associated Press

GULFPORT, Miss. —  

A change of plea hearing is scheduled this month for a man charged with lying about his primary residence to collect Hurricane Katrina relief money.

The indictment issued in January says Lawrence Booker made the false statement in 2008 when he applied for a grant from the Mississippi Development Authority.

The indictment says Booker claimed to have a primary residence at a certain address in Moss Point when Katrina hit on Aug. 29, 2005. Prosecutors say the address was not his primary residence.

The change of plea hearing is scheduled for April 12 in U.S. District Court in Gulfport.