A New Orleans woman was indicted Thursday for allegedly submitting false documents to the Louisiana Road Home Program, a federally funded agency, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Deborah Fortner, 52, applied for a Road Home grant to renovate her home after Hurricane Katrina, and in 2007, she was awarded more than $97,000.
In 2011, the Road Home program contacted her to request proof that she had lived in the house before the storm. She then sent in an altered bank statement, which made it seem that she was getting mail at that address prior to Katrina, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
In 2013, the program contacted her again, asking for proof of occupancy. Fortner then faxed a copy of a New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board statement, which falsely contained the address of the property, prosecutors said.
Fortner submitted the documents in order to avoid paying funds back to the Road Home program, authorities said.
If convicted, Fortner faces up to five years in jail and a $250,000 fine.
Police: Offender tampers with ankle bracelet
The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office said it took into custody Saturday a youth who tampered with his monitoring device.
Sheriff’s Office deputies Friday afternoon responded to an alert that a device had been tampered with in the 800 block of Carondelet Street. Deputies recovered the device, but the offender had fled.
He was taken into custody about 8:15 a.m. Saturday and taken to the Youth Study Center.
The youth faces new charges of criminal damage to property and tampering with an electronic monitoring device, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The offender was assigned to the monitoring program on Jan. 8 after being booked on simple burglary.
‘Armed intruder’ event held in Kenner
The Kenner Police Department held an “armed intruder exercise” Saturday as part of its training program. The exercise took place at John James Audubon Elementary School.
The exercise was designed to test the plans, policies and procedures of police, fire and emergency medical personnel in the case of any emergency requiring a coordinated response from multiple agencies.
The full-scale exercise simulated response from 13 local agencies. The Kenner Police Department also used local actors to impersonate armed intruders.
There were about 300 participants, including 113 volunteers from area colleges and 45 volunteers from the Jefferson Parish public school system.
Man reported stabbed in Metairie
A stabbing was reported Saturday in Metairie, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
A woman was arrested in the stabbing of a man in the 700 block of Athania Parkway, the Sheriff’s Office said. His wounds were not life-threatening.
No other information was immediately available.
Woman raped Saturday in Lower 9th Ward
A woman was raped in the Lower 9th Ward early Saturday, according to New Orleans police.
The attack happened in the 1300 block of Lizardi Street about 1:30 a.m. The victim, a 22-year-old woman, was assaulted by a man, police said.