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GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -
Former Hancock County road manager Roger Ladner, and three of his
family members were sentenced in federal court Thursday after pleading
guilty to crimes that involved Hurricane Katrina kickbacks and
A remorseful Roger Ladner apologized
for his actions, asked for forgiveness and was then sentenced to the
maximum five years in federal prison.
His wife, Sharon, was sentenced to two years for her role in trying to cover-up the crime.
brother Billy Wayne Ladner received three years and three months in
prison for his involvement and brother Donald Ray Ladner received six
months in prison and six months of house arrest.
County road manager, Roger Ladner awarded more than 50 ditch cleaning
contracts worth some $7.4 million. He awarded some of that work to his
brothers, who then diverted checks, worth nearly a million dollars, back
to Ladner and his wife.
During his remarks before sentencing,
Roger Ladner took responsibility for his actions. He apologized to his
family, his community and to his church family and begged for their
He said he made the "bad decisions" during "the most stressful time of my life" right after Hurricane Katrina.
can only pray the good I did during the 13 years as road manager can
somehow outweigh the bad that came from these poor choices," Ladner said.
In her remarks before sentencing, Sharon Ladner said, "I take full responsibility for my actions and I'm sorry."
pleaded with the judge for leniency, saying she has a 23-year-old
daughter and a minor son who is still at home. But the judge pointed to
the seriousness of the offense, specifically as it relates to Mrs.
Ladner, who he says falsified documents in order to intentionally
mislead a federal investigation. A very serious crime said the judge.
and friends filled much of the courtroom during sentencing. Many wrote
letters to the judge, pleading for lesser sentences.
sentencing hearings, Judge Ozerden referred several times to the serious
nature of the crimes. He said it involved a betrayal of public trust, a
diversion of public money that was meant for good to help with disaster
relief, and was instead diverted for personal gain.
to his five years in prison, Roger Ladner was fined $25,000. He's also
been ordered to pay $1.1 million in restitution to FEMA, which was the
"victim" in this case.
Ladner has already forfeited around a
million dollars in checks and although that will likely be credited
toward the restitution, the judge made it clear, there's no guarantee.
The government is working through that process, which could take up to a
The defendants will report to federal prison within the next 60 days.
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