Feds seek to dismiss former Gulfport mayor's request

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The federal government says Brent Warr received a generous plea deal to resolve Hurricane Katrina related fraud charges and he should have to abide by it.

Monday, U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis filed a motion asking the court to dismiss a request by the former Gulfport mayor to have his guilty plea vacated.

Last month Warr, asked the court to clear his record, based in part on new information Warr said the government withheld from him in 2009 when he entered a guilty plea. Warr and his wife, Laura, both faced felony charges of defrauding the government out of Katrina grant money to repair their beachfront home.  Brent Warr's plea bargain included having the charges against his wife dropped.

In court papers, the government says "the extraordinarily generous bargain" benefited Warr and his wife. The government said Warr is now trying to breach his plea agreement.

The government's motion reads in part, "Warr - having acknowledged his guilt in sworn testimony before this Court - now professes to have committed no crime."

The U.S. attorney says Warr gave up his right for any kind of appeal or reconsideration when he admitted to the fraud, and has asked the court to dismiss Warr's motion.

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