Two Coast Men Charged With FEMA Fraud

Two coast men have been arrested for defrauding FEMA.

Mario Leleaux of Biloxi pleaded guilty to submitting false claims for katrina assistance. He also obtained funds from the homeowner grant program, and emergency food stamps.

In all, Leleaux received almost $53,000. He faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison, and a half million dollars in fines. He will be sentenced December third.

Danny Hale of Pascagoula was also found guilty of defrauding FEMA. He too received disaster assistance funds by filing a false claim.

Hale is charged with theft of government funds and three counts of mail fraud. He received a total of $11,000.

Investigators say when Katrina hit, Hale was in federal custody on forgery charges. He now faces up to 20 more years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.