Hammond found guilty

GULFPORT, MS (WDAM) - A federal jury has found former Lumberton police chief Maurice Hammond guilty on all eight counts of Katrina fraud.

The jury deliberated less than 2 hours this morning before finding the 34-year-old law enforcement officer guilty.

The jury in the Katrina fraud case of former Lumberton police chief Maurice Hammond resumed its deliberations this morning.

Both the state and defense rested their cases just after 2 p.m. Thursday, and the jury got the case just after 4 p.m.

The 34-year-old Hammond is charged with receiving $19,000 dollars in hurricane disaster funds for a Poplarville home the government said as not his primary residence.

Prosecutors said there was no power or water at the home when Hurrican Katrina struck.

Hammond was on the stand for three hours Thursday and testified he had a generator and a window unit in the home but that he went to his mother's house to eat and bath while he worked on the house.

Depending on the sentencing, Hammond could wind up spending the rest of his life in prison.