Government must clarify Warrs' "false statement" allegations

By Brad Kessie - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Defense attorneys in the Warr Katrina Fraud case are about to learn a bit more about the false statements the Warrs allegedly made to FEMA agents.

Prosecutors were ordered on Tuesday to clarify count four of the 16 count indictment.  According to Federal Magistrate John Roper, that means the U.S. Attorney's Office must detail that allegation a bit more.  The government must tell the defense if count four will focus on statements pertaining to where the Warrs were living, or what personal property they lost when Katrina slammed into their beachfront home.

Laura Warr's defense attorney Frank Trapp requested the clarification in a bill of particulars he filed two weeks ago.

"It is essential to preparing her defense and avoiding surprise that this basic information be provided," Trapp wrote in his motion.

Brent Warr's attorney later joined in that motion.

On Tuesday, prosecutors were also told that 30 days before trial, they must release the names of the co-conspirators who they say helped the Warrs conspire to commit fraud.  Normally, they submit witness lists five days before a trial begins.

The Warr Katrina Fraud trial is supposed to begin on September 8, 2009.

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