Saturday, October 01, 2005

FEMA cash buys 12 day coke binge

Don't get me wrong here - I can appreciate a week+ coke and hookers binge as much as the next guy. BUT, to do it on the taxpayer's tab in this kinda situation is well...just a bit on the opportunistic cold hearted scumbag side of things. I'm thinking this pair needs a nice splashy "show trial" and then get sentenced to the MAX - serving consecutive sentences.

A man and a woman from Florida have been charged with fraud after allegedly pretending to be victims of Hurricane Katrina to get federal money.

Kenneth M. Hodge, 33, and Veronica Jaeger, 22, were arrested Thursday in Shreveport. Each was charged with one count each of conspiracy, theft of federal funds and mail and wire fraud, U.S. Attorney Donald W. Washington said...

...FEMA mailed Hodge and Jaeger each a check in care of the local shelter for $2,000, Washington said. None of the addresses exist.

Hodge and Jaeger allegedly used part of the FEMA funds to buy cocaine, Washington said...

...The couple spent the money in about 12 days staying at various local hotels, authorities said. Once the money was gone, they checked back into the Hirsch Memorial shelter...

...If convicted, each faces a maximum of five years in prison on the conspiracy charge, 10 years on the theft charge and 20 years on each of the fraud charges.

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