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.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by John Location: Mobile on Jun 22, 2007 at 11:23 AM
    Correction on the 2nd line. it sould read..She received all most $20,000.00 for the other two Hurricanes before Katrina.
  • by John Location: Mobile on Jun 22, 2007 at 09:46 AM
    I know this lady personally, and let me tell you!! If they let her off on this, she will continue to commit crimes. She's pleading guilty for a far lesser crime. She received all most $ 20,000.00 for the other Hurricanes for Katrina. She has committed several acts of fraud, not just with Hurricane Denis, Ivan and Katrina.
  • by Leah Location: Malvern on Jun 19, 2007 at 06:58 PM
    What about the hispanics, mexicans and other people that have frauded the government and still do so everyday? I'm sure this woman is guilty. She has said so; however, the penalties should be lessor than those who have and are still committing fraud! What about those suing for being sick from FEMA trailers? What happened to ethics? Morals? religion?
  • by june on Jun 19, 2007 at 02:50 PM
    folks like this is what makes me mad.why would you lie about needing help if you didnt need it when thousands of other out there needed it more than you?
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