14 Charged in Alabama with Katrina Fraud

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted fourteen Alabamians on fraud-related charges for submitting false claims for Hurricane Katrina disaster assistance.

Leura Canary, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, said at a news conference yesterday the bogus claims were filed with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Those indicted were charged with various counts of filing a false claim for government benefits and identity theft.

Those arrested were: Monique Candidate, Keith Curry, Shantel Robinson, Catorie Anderson Josephine Hamilton, Timothy Thomas, Elizabeth Grandville, Willie Daniels, Curnel Gordon, Nakasha Woods, Cokey Lee and Terrence Kirksey, all of Montgomery. Two others - Ronald Irby of Elba and Rose McClain of Enterprise were also indicted on similar charges.

Canary said the investigation continues and additional arrests are possible.

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