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3 admit bilking FEMA in Katrina cleanup

Three people, including a Florida contractor, are pleading guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to defraud the government by falsifying records of debris cleanup from Hurricane Katrina.

In a separate case,  the U.S. attorney's office says Robert A. Martin of Gulfport was sentenced to serve four months in prison.

He was ordered to pay $2,358 in restitution for submitting a false claim for Katrina disaster assistance funds to FEMA.

In the first case, the three who pleaded guilty are also accused of billing the federal government $716,677  for the work.

U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton has identified the three as 24-year-old Allan Kitt, of Dundee, Florida; 28-year-old Clinton K. Miller of Carriere; and 23-year-old Lauren Robertson of Picayune.

Lampton says the trio entered the guilty pleas in federal court in Gulfport. Lampton says they will be sentenced May 7.

He says the maximum penalty is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Meanwhile, Lampton says Martin pleaded guilty in November 2006, to charges that he received $5,864 from FEMA by providing a false address in Gulfport and claiming hurricane damage at that address.

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