GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - In two separate cases, a federal judge has sentenced three people to prison for defrauding a homeowner-assistance program, including a man who stole a woman's identity to get a grant for $63,000.
Judge Sul Ozerden gave Steven L. Gardner two years in prison Thursday on a guilty plea to aggravated identity theft. He gave Gardner's accomplice, Michelle L. Carroll, a prison term of 1 year and nine months for disaster-relief fraud.
The Sun Herald reports the judge ordered both to repay the Mississippi Development Authority, administrator of the homeowner-assistance program.
In Thursday's other hearing, Ozerden sentenced Gordon L. Guidry to a year and one day in prison. Guidry accepted a plea agreement on a charge of mail fraud involving an MDA grant for $69,000.
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