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Georgia Man Charged with Hurricane Fraud

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
* FILE **A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration infrared satellite images shows the outer bands of Hurricane Katrina, well ashore on the northern Gulf coast and the center of the storm about 165 miles, south-southeast of New Orleans in this Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005, file photo. A lively and sometimes scrappy debate on whether global warming is fueling bigger and nastier hurricanes like Katrina is adding an edge to a gathering of forecasters here. A study released Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, by government scientists was the latest point of contention. (AP Photo/NOAA, File)

* FILE **A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration infrared satellite images shows the outer bands of Hurricane Katrina, well ashore on the northern Gulf coast and the center of the storm about 165 miles, south-southeast of New Orleans in this Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005, file photo. A lively and sometimes scrappy debate on whether global warming is fueling bigger and nastier hurricanes like Katrina is adding an edge to a gathering of forecasters here. A study released Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, by government scientists was the latest point of contention. (AP Photo/NOAA, File)

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal authorities have charged a Georgia man with bilking the government in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Dean Summers faces 12 counts of mail fraud and eight counts of theft of government money in the indictment that was unsealed Thursday. Prosecutors say he falsely claimed he was living in New Orleans and then submitted a fake lease for a property in metro Atlanta along with forged rental receipts.

The indictment said Summers collected at least $16,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Summers could not immediately be reached for comment.


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