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Belle Chasse man sentenced for Road Home fraud

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Posted: Jun 24, 2010 6:38 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Belle Chasse, sentenced, halfway house, home confinement, false statements, fraud, disaster help, Hurricane Katrina, probation

A 62-year-old Belle Chasse man has been sentenced to six months in a halfway house and six months of home confinement for making false statements in an application he made for disaster help following Hurricane Katrina.

Thomas G. Steele Jr. was also ordered to serve three years probation, pay a $1,500 fine and $119,935 in restitution to the Louisiana road Home Program.

According to court documents, Steele applied for and received a Road Home grant for damages to property in Belle Chasse that he owned when Katrina struck Aug. 29, 2005.

Authorities say, however, he fraudulently represented that he lived in the property at the time of the storm, when in fact, his primary residence at the time of Katrina was in Las Vegas.

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