Wife of Ex-Mobile Policeman Pleads Guilty in FEMA Fraud

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A Mobile woman pleaded guilty in federal court to fraudulently obtaining federal disaster relief funds and a travel trailer from the government after Hurricane Katrina.

37-year-old Monique McCall entered her plea Monday to a single count of filing a false claim for defrauding FEMA out of nearly five-thousand dollars.

According to the plea deal, McCall sent several letters to the federal agency falsely claiming that she and her children lost everything they owned in the storm and that her parents drowned in Louisiana.

In return for her plea, prosecutors agreed to ask Federal Judge William Steele to drop 21 other charges against McCall related to Katrina as well as hurricanes Ivan and Dennis.

McCall's husband, Tirell Deran Bowie, a former police corporal, still faces federal charges.

Its not immediately known if McCall will testify against her husband.

According to federal officials, McCall was among thousands of people across the country who took advantage of the FEMA's decision to rush aid without verifying damage.

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