Man gets jail time for Katrina fraud - - Jackson, MS

Man gets jail time for Katrina fraud


GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden has sent a 25-year-old man to prison for a year in a Hurricane Katrina fraud case that resulted in his parents' convictions and his wife's indictment.

Joshua C. Allen was sentenced Tuesday.

Once his time is served, Allen will be on probation three years for making false statements to get money from FEMA and the American Red Cross. He must repay $2,000 to FEMA and $965 to the Red Cross.

The Sun Herald reports Allen has been in custody since June when his bond was revoked because he tested positive for cocaine and traveled outside the court's district without permission.

Allen, his parents and wife once lived in Gulfport but moved to San Antonio, Texas. Allen and his parents pleaded guilty at separate hearings in April.

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