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Louisiana Officials in Flood-Money Scam
newsmax.com ^ | Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005 10:18 p.m. EDT

Posted on 09/06/2005 7:41:41 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005 10:18 p.m. EDT Louisiana Officials in Flood-Money Scam

Nine months before the Hurricane Katrina disaster, three Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness officials were indicted for obstructing an audit into flood prevention expenditures.

In a November 2004 press release, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Louisiana announced:

"A federal grand jury has returned two separate indictments charging three members of the State Military Department with offenses related to the obstruction of an audit of the use of federal funds for flood mitigation activities throughout Louisiana. "The two emergency management officials were senior employees of the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Both were charged with conspiracy to obstruct a federal audit."

Gov. Kathleen Blanco told Louisiana's News-Star at the time that she was disturbed by the indictments. She said the National Guard is cooperating with the investigation "as I expect them to do."

Reports of rampant corruption among Louisiana's state and local agencies have been cited in recent days to explain why officials were so ill-prepared to deal with the Katrina disaster.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: avarice; corruption; greed; incompetence; katrina; katrinafailures; rats; scam
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1 posted on 09/06/2005 7:41:45 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch
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To: InvisibleChurch

This is exactly what happened to the preparedness grant money from the Dept. of Homeland Security as well. Congress should insist on a full accounting of where the money went and they will find it went to the Dem crooks in LA. Not a penny should be released to state and local officials until they show they were responsible for the federal money already given to them for flood prevention. To do otherwise is sending good money after bad.


2 posted on 09/06/2005 7:45:22 PM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: InvisibleChurch

Ping for later.


3 posted on 09/06/2005 7:46:29 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: InvisibleChurch
There is going to be HELL to pay. Let the libs keep screaming for a while. I can see clearly the LA libs are gonna get ... ummm how do I put it.

Right up the orifice in which they deserve a boot.
4 posted on 09/06/2005 7:47:18 PM PDT by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget (If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?)
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To: InvisibleChurch

"Follow the money, Honey..."


5 posted on 09/06/2005 7:47:33 PM PDT by Ladysmith ((NRA and SAS) WI Hunter Shootings: If you want on/off the WI Hunters ping list, please let me know.)
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To: LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget

agreed...like everything else with these screaming rats...though I'd like to see more on the above story...


6 posted on 09/06/2005 7:49:16 PM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: InvisibleChurch; Reagangan1
Nine months before the Hurricane Katrina disaster, three Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness officials were indicted for obstructing an audit into flood prevention expenditures.

Rule number 1: Cover thy ass.

7 posted on 09/06/2005 7:49:25 PM PDT by TheSpottedOwl ("President Bush, start building that wall"!)
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To: InvisibleChurch

"I'm shocked that there's gambling going on in this establishment!"


8 posted on 09/06/2005 7:49:25 PM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (The Democratic Party-Jackass symbol, jackass leaders, jackass supporters.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Why am I not surprised?


9 posted on 09/06/2005 7:49:55 PM PDT by syriacus (Bush called, but Blanco and Nagin stalled. The result was the Great New Orleans LACK-vacuation.)
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To: LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget

I've had a feeling that Blanco's delays and desire not to have the feds involved is so that her folks can get in and cover-up the corruption. if the feds come in, she loses the control in directing where certain folks are placed. We'll see.


10 posted on 09/06/2005 7:50:07 PM PDT by wireplay
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To: syriacus
This might be one of the reasons that Blanco called in FEMA expert Witt and why she didn't want the Feds around.
11 posted on 09/06/2005 7:51:55 PM PDT by syriacus (Bush called, but Blanco and Nagin stalled. The result was the Great New Orleans LACK-vacuation.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

OK who has it?!! The Pitcure of the guy with "Oh No Not this shit again!!" caption! LOL!!


12 posted on 09/06/2005 7:52:48 PM PDT by 26lemoncharlie ('Cuntas haereses tu sola interemisti in universo mundo!')
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To: InvisibleChurch

Now we know why liberals in the media are screaming so loud about Bush and the federal government....they are trying to offer cover for the corruption that went on here.


13 posted on 09/06/2005 7:53:26 PM PDT by TheLion
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To: 26lemoncharlie

Looks like they blew the dust off that file huh?


14 posted on 09/06/2005 7:53:39 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Pitchforks and Lanterns..with a smiley face!)
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To: wireplay
I've had a feeling that Blanco's delays and desire not to have the feds involved is so that her folks can get in and cover-up the corruption. if the feds come in, she loses the control in directing where certain folks are placed. We'll see.

Yep, I was just thinking the same thing.

15 posted on 09/06/2005 7:54:05 PM PDT by jennyjenny
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To: Howlin; Txsleuth; mystery-ak

Is this another part of what the left fears will come out?


16 posted on 09/06/2005 7:55:44 PM PDT by Peach (South Carolina is praying for our Gulf coast citizens.)
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

bookmark


17 posted on 09/06/2005 7:56:56 PM PDT by chaosagent (Remember, no matter how you slice it, forbidden fruit still tastes the sweetest!)
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To: InvisibleChurch

I forgot who said it...

LA officials either under water or under indictment...


18 posted on 09/06/2005 7:58:19 PM PDT by joesnuffy (A bible that is falling apart, usually belongs to someone who isn't - Spurgeon)
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To: syriacus
"Why am I not surprised?"

You are not surprised because the depravity of the left knows no bounds. They're professional liars.

19 posted on 09/06/2005 7:58:56 PM PDT by Reactionary
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To: InvisibleChurch

I read an article the other day that made reference to federal funds for levee maintenance being spent to build a casino and a private marina. Anyone have any solid info on that and a source? Thanks.


20 posted on 09/06/2005 7:59:13 PM PDT by HHFi
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To: Peach

This looks like a good reason for a lot of the problems...

I heard on a local radio show today that back when Mary Landrieu's father was a mayor (?) and Edwin Edwards was a Governor instead of an inmate...the corruption was almost a "pride factor" in LA..

Considering, there are still 2 Landrieu's in political power in LA...how can it have changed much???


21 posted on 09/06/2005 7:59:56 PM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: Txsleuth

That place is a cess pool of corruption.


22 posted on 09/06/2005 8:00:46 PM PDT by Peach (South Carolina is praying for our Gulf coast citizens.)
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To: wireplay

Blanco is not only incompetent, but corrupt. It seems these two worked for her.


23 posted on 09/06/2005 8:03:50 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter
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To: wireplay

Blanco is not only incompetent, but corrupt. It seems these two worked for her.


24 posted on 09/06/2005 8:03:51 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter
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To: HHFi

Now we are on the right track...the rest of this business is to deflect their corruption....


25 posted on 09/06/2005 8:03:57 PM PDT by BurbankKarl (u)
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To: jennyjenny
I've had a feeling that Blanco's delays and desire not to have the feds involved is so that her folks can get in and cover-up the corruption. if the feds come in, she loses the control in directing where certain folks are placed. We'll see.

Me too.

26 posted on 09/06/2005 8:04:54 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: syriacus

Why Witt? Who recommended Witt? Blanco is so inadequet someone would have had to direct her to conclude to bring in James Witt. I'm still smelling a rat.


27 posted on 09/06/2005 8:05:21 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter
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To: Peach

Very interesting....I think we are about to find out a lot about the Gov that would have never surfaced if Katrina hadn't hit NO...


28 posted on 09/06/2005 8:05:23 PM PDT by mystery-ak
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To: Texas Songwriter

A little sunshine on all these figures will tell the tale.


29 posted on 09/06/2005 8:06:17 PM PDT by RTINSC
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To: kittymyrib

Given the disrespect the Gov paid to President Bush, I'd love to see them all indicted.


30 posted on 09/06/2005 8:09:08 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Texas Songwriter
Who recommended Witt? Blanco is so inadequet someone would have had to direct her

Clintons.

31 posted on 09/06/2005 8:09:44 PM PDT by Semper911 (Nagin = Mayor Culpa)
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To: mystery-ak; Peach

I think I just jumped with both feet onto President Bush's bandwagon that started today when he said HE is going to start an investigation into what went wrong/right.

I especially want to see, MS. Landrieu, who threatened physical harm to the POTUS, sworn in, in front of a group that will DRILL her and her state about where all of the funding for the levees, and first responder equipment has gone...

And why, if they had a drill last year, that exposed all of these problems...why weren't she and her fellow LA politicians more prepared!!!


32 posted on 09/06/2005 8:11:00 PM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: syriacus
New Orleans --- The Big Sleazy. New Orleans has had a corrupt Sewerage and Water Board.

WWW.USDOJ.GOV: WASTEWATER TREATMENT COMPANY PLEADS GUILTY TO BRIBERY

Payoffs involved in S&WB process, feds say. Executive accused of taking kickbacks,

33 posted on 09/06/2005 8:13:22 PM PDT by syriacus (Bush called, but Blanco and Nagin stalled. The result was the Great New Orleans LACK-vacuation.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

November 29, 2004

(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE)




THREE STATE OFFICIALS INDICTED FOR
OBSTRUCTING FEDERAL AUDIT

Shreveport, Louisiana . . . A federal grand jury has returned two separate indictments charging three members of the State Military Department with offenses related to the obstruction of an audit of the use of federal funds for flood mitigation activities throughout Louisiana, United States Attorney Donald W. Washington announced today.

Two of the individuals charged, MICHAEL C. APPE, 51, of Mandeville, Louisiana, and MICHAEL L. BROWN, 61, of St. Francisville, Louisiana, are senior employees of the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Both APPE and BROWN are charged with conspiracy to obstruct a federal audit; BROWN is additionally charged with making a false statement.

The Hazardous Mitigation Grant Program is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is designed to fund mitigation projects to prevent future flood losses or flood claims made upon the National Flood Insurance Program. BROWN was responsible for overall management the program in Louisiana; APPE was responsible for managing employees who perform fiscal transactions regarding these funds.

The indictment alleges that during an audit of the program being conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Office of Inspector General, a State Military Department employee realized that $175,000 in expenditures of federal monies was improper in that the money was not used for purposes authorized by the federal program and would therefore have to be re-paid to the federal government. This employee notified APPE, who in turn directed the employee to provide false documents to the federal auditors.

Specifically, the indictment alleges that APPE directed an employee to contact an assistant to BROWN and have them prepare a false, backdated memo to make it appear that the expenditures were proper. The false document was created and was subsequently signed by BROWN. APPE and BROWN then sent the false, backdated memo to federal auditors. The indictment alleges that BROWN told federal auditors that he signed the document in May 2000, when in fact he knew he had signed the document in January 2004.

Also indicted was DANIEL J. FALANGA, 53, of Folsom, Louisiana, for committing perjury before a federal grand jury. FALANGA was an employee of the State Military Department in charge of the State Mitigation Office. The indictment charges him with testifying falsely before the grand jury concerning his access to a “repetitive loss list.” The repetitive loss list is a listing of properties that have suffered two or more flood losses in a ten year period.

An indictment is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. Defendants are entitled to a presumption of innocence under the law, and the government has the burden of proving every element of the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

Sentencing in federal court is governed by the United States Sentencing Guidelines. Under U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, actual sentences are based upon a formula that takes into account the severity and characteristics of the offense, and a defendant’s criminal history, if any. Parole has been abolished in the federal system.

If convicted, APPE and BROWN face a maximum sentence of up to 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, on each count. If convicted, FALANGA will face a maximum penalty of up to 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.

This case was investigated by Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook.

For further information, please contact United States Attorney Donald W. Washington at 337-262-6618 or First Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Flanagan at 318-676-3600.

This and other press releases issued by the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Louisiana can be found at our website at www.usdoj.gov/usao/law.


http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/law/news/wdl20041129.html


34 posted on 09/06/2005 8:15:28 PM PDT by blogblogginaway
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To: blogblogginaway

LOL LOL you beat my be <> this much.


36 posted on 09/06/2005 8:16:49 PM PDT by hipaatwo
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To: kittymyrib

bump for later


37 posted on 09/06/2005 8:16:50 PM PDT by GOPJ (A person who will lie for you will lie against you.)
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To: HHFi

Rush said on his radio show today that each section of the levees falls under the jurisdiction of different parishes...and therefore, under the discretion of different parish presidents...read: politicians.

Therefore, nothing gets done, because you just can't get that many politicians to work together on a project that enormous without all kinds of fights...


38 posted on 09/06/2005 8:16:53 PM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: TheLion
Now we know why liberals in the media are screaming so loud about Bush and the federal government....they are trying to offer cover for the corruption that went on here.

It sure seems that way.

39 posted on 09/06/2005 8:17:16 PM PDT by syriacus (Bush called, but Blanco and Nagin stalled. The result was the Great New Orleans LACK-vacuation.)
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To: blogblogginaway

This is interesting. Who was the senior official for the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness before Witt. Why haven't we heard about that person. Does this mean that the Governor had no one in that position before Witt?


40 posted on 09/06/2005 8:19:19 PM PDT by RTINSC
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To: Ellesu


ping for your subject of interest.

Is this the first recent news sighting of this info?


41 posted on 09/06/2005 8:19:21 PM PDT by spycatcher
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To: Mo1; Howlin; OXENinFLA

I had the other ping pulled. I posted the same info at the same time as another poster. Check this post out instead.


http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1478965/posts?page=36#34


42 posted on 09/06/2005 8:20:50 PM PDT by hipaatwo
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To: TheLion

It's call "obfuscation" and that's exactly what's happening.


43 posted on 09/06/2005 8:21:23 PM PDT by RTINSC
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To: syriacus
Audit Report
44 posted on 09/06/2005 8:21:25 PM PDT by Freedom is eternally right
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To: hipaatwo
BTW ... Isn't the former Governor of Louisiana in jail ??
45 posted on 09/06/2005 8:22:33 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: Texas Songwriter

James snakehead Carville


46 posted on 09/06/2005 8:25:07 PM PDT by listenhillary
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To: Ellesu

Nice to see Carl reads the Freep


47 posted on 09/06/2005 8:27:01 PM PDT by Freedom is eternally right
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To: Mo1

BTW ... Isn't the former Governor of Louisiana in jail ??


I don't know but I'm loving this. I sent it to Lou Dobbs. I read on here he ripped the Governor and Mayor a new one on his show.


48 posted on 09/06/2005 8:28:04 PM PDT by hipaatwo
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To: listenhillary

Do you know this for a fact? I have not heard his name mentioned once thru this whole ordeal. I know he is from Mississippi, but I have not heard his name thrown out.


49 posted on 09/06/2005 8:28:23 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter
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To: listenhillary

Do you know this for a fact? I have not heard his name mentioned once thru this whole ordeal. I know he is from Louisiana, but I have not heard his name thrown out.


50 posted on 09/06/2005 8:28:53 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter
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