Denver woman who posed as hurricane victim pleads guilty to fraud
DENVER ” A Denver woman who said she was homeless when she posed as a Hurricane Katrina victim to collect relief money has pleaded guilty to fraud charges.
Rhoda Gray, 45, told U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham on Friday that she had agreed to a plea agreement that would require her to pay $8,899 of restitution.
She could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 at a sentencing hearing scheduled for July 14, although she was not expected to receive the maximum penalty.
Gray was accused of wire fraud, mail fraud and theft of public money.
Prosecutors accused her of sending an application for disaster assistance to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and of receiving a total of $6,300 in aid from FEMA and Catholic Charities.
Five people have been indicted in Colorado on charges related to Hurricane Katrina fraud, said Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Denver.
There have been 212 people charged nationwide, according to the Department of Justice.
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