Former FEMA Worker Will Go To Jail For Katrina Fraud

One of the FEMA workers caught filing a false disaster claim will spend time in prison.

On Monday, Duane Adams received a one year prison sentence for falsely claiming he lived on a houseboat in Moss Point that got destroyed by Katrina. Adams must also pay more than $25,000 in restitution.

His FEMA co-worker and co-conspirator in this fraud case was Emily Fuqua. She got five years probation and must pay $21,000 in restitution for her role in creating the false document.

A Waveland man and two Vicksburg women were also ordered Monday to pay back the money they accepted from FEMA for false hurricane damage claims.  All three pleaded guilty to providing a phony address and claiming damage from Hurricane Katrina at that address.

Clarence Hall was sentenced to five years of probation. Hall has to return the $28,181 that FEMA gave him.

Hassie M. Baker and Patti D. Richard each received $2,000 from FEMA for false claims. Along with paying restitution, each was sentenced to 24 months of probation.