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Feds probe misspent Katrina funds in Greene County

Three Greene County elected officials could face criminal charges for allegedly misusing nearly $13 million of federal Hurricane Katrina funds. 

Several board members have received federal grand jury subpoenas and more could be coming, 7 ON YOUR SIDE has learned.

Nearly two years after Katrina another storm is brewing, but this time in Greene County. 7 ON YOUR SIDE has learned the FBI  and the IRS are looking into allegations of the misuse of nearly $13 million of Katrina funds by Greene County officials. 

Rumors started when federal and state agents paid Chancery Clerk Latricia Cornelson a visit at home and confiscated all FEMA-related records from her office last week.

She admits she was subpoenaed and is fully cooperating with all agencies conducting the investigation.

7 ON YOUR SIDE attempted to contact all members of the Greene County board of supervisors. We did speak with District One  Supervisor Gary Dearman and District Three Supervisor Earnest Holder, who declined to comment about the ongoing investigation, but they both say they didn't receive subpoenas. 

Board President Morris Hill would not confirm or deny whether he had been subpoenaed. But he did confirm that the board of supervisors is under investigation over allegations of misuse of Hurricane Katrina money. 

7 ON YOUR SIDE left several messages for the district four and five supervisors but our calls were unreturned. 

 

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