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Hammond sentenced, fined in Katrina fraud case

GULFPORT, MS (WDAM) - The former chief of police of Lumberton was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in jail and ordered to pay $30,000 to FEMA.

A Gulfport federal court sentenced Maurice Hammond after a district court found him guilty of eight counts of Katrina fraud in May.

He is now out on bail and plans to appeal both the conviction and the sentencing.

He was convicted of false claims to FEMA, false statements to FEMA and the small business administration, and wire fraud in applying for and receiving Hurricane Katrina disaster assistance funds.

Hammond was indicted in November 2008, by a federal grand jury for Hurricane Katrina related fraud.

The proof presented to the jury by assistant U.S. Attorneys Annette Williams and Kiana Foster, revealed Hammond received over $19,000 plus a FEMA travel trailer by claiming he was living in a house he had purchased in Poplarville, but to which he had no water or electric service.

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