Gulfport Mayor Brent Warr is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security. The mayor confirmed that to WLOX News Thursday afternoon.
The investigation involves a grant the mayor received from the Mississippi Development Authority for repairs to his beachfront home in Gulfport. At question is whether Warr lived in the home prior to Hurricane Katrina is August of 2005. The mayor says he did, and told WLOX News the water bills he has turned over to investigators will prove that.
The mayor also says he has concerns that internet blogs led to the investigation to begin with.
Warr vehemently denied any wrongdoing, saying he applied for the grant just like any other citizen whose home was damaged or destroyed by Katrina.
"They've not asked us anything face to face, but I wanted to get as much information to them as possible so they can look into it and see. We suffered the same storm everyone else did, and we've not made it public that we had a lot of damage. Our private lives we like to keep private. But we filled out the exact same application everyone else did. We answered every question truthfully and honestly," Mayor Warr told WLOX News.
Gulfport's Urban Development Director told WLOX News he has received a subpeona to testify to an investigator. Director Larry Jones also said he has turned over building permit paperwork relating to the mayor's property.
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