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2 Alabama Men Accused of Trying to Defraud FEMA

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - An indictment alleges two Alabama men conspired to defraud the federal government out of thousands of dollars in assistance by filing multiple fraudulent claims on Mississippi Gulf Coast property destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

The indictment handed up by a federal grand jury also alleges that James Kelly Knowles and James C. Daughdrill falsely claimed to have rented space in their Mobile, home to a Jackson County, Mississippi, resident who fled the 2005 hurricane.

Knowles also is accused of making a fraudulent claim and then filing an appeal when the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied it.

The indictment alleges the conspiracy produced fake rental receipts, bogus contracts and other documentation.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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