Guilty plea in Katrina Road Home case
NEW ORLEANS - Federal authorities say a New Orleans woman has been convicted in connection with a Hurricane Katrina-related recovery program.
U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite says in a Friday news release that 53-year-old Deborah Fortner has pleaded guilty to one count of submitting false documents to the Road Home housing recovery program.
Polite says Fortner applied for a grant to renovate her home after Katrina. She was awarded more than $97,000 in 2007. However, when she was asked for proof that she occupied the property before the storm, she faxed altered documents including a bank statement and a sewer and water statement.
Sentencing was set for Dec. 3. Fortner faces up to five years in prison.