Ball mayor, police chief, town clerk, police officer, and police department employee indicted. Quoting from the AP story:
All five were charged in a three-count indictment with disaster fraud and conspiracy to commit disaster fraud for falsifying employee timesheets linked to the town’s request for payroll reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after 2008’s Hurricane Gustav. Washington said Hebron and Kimball also face a count of theft of government money for similar actions after Hurricane Rita.
The indictment alleges that the defendants defrauded the government by overstating both the hours worked and the mileage on town vehicles and equipment used in response to Gustav and later submitting the falsified timesheets to FEMA for reimbursement.
Each of the defendants faces an Oct. 15 arraignment date before U.S. Magistrate James D. Kirk.
Disaster fraud carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Conspiracy carries up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine and theft of government money carries up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.