Rena McCarter sentenced for stealing Hurricane Katrina relief funds

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Photo: Wikipedia.
What actual Katrina damage looked like in New Orleans.
A Twin Cities woman was sentenced to three years of probation and 50 hours of community service this morning for stealing $8,600 in disaster relief funds meant for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

A couple weeks after Katrina hit in 2005, Rena McCarter, 62, told the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a.k.a. FEMA, that the storm damaged her New Orleans apartment, and she needed disaster relief for housing, food, and clothing, according to the U.S. Attorneys Office.

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In reality, McCarter was living in subsidized housing in Brooklyn Park when Katrina hit. McCarter filed a subsequent fraudulent application to FEMA in 2008 for relocation assistance, and was granted $1,458, bringing the total she received to $8,600.

The U.S. Attorney's Office charged McCarter with theft of public money on Oct. 2, 2012, and she pleaded guilty Oct. 26. In addition to the probation and community service, McCarter is also order to pay back the money.

Her daughter, Vianca McCarter, was also charged with stealing $34,102 in FEMA money after Katrina. Last month, Vianca was sentenced to five years probation, 100 hours of community service, and was also ordered to pay back the money.


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9 comments
TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

Awe, isn't that sweet. A welfare troll teaching her kids how to defraud the system.

John Jansen
John Jansen

You know Rena, people like you ruin everything for everyone.

moore_amanda
moore_amanda

oh jeeze. ow on earth does this happen?! Did she just google an address in New Orleans and use it for applying for this stuff??? this is crazy.

fivemonthslate
fivemonthslate

She pleaded guilty back in October and now in march it's news?


MotherJones
MotherJones

@TheConservativeJerk  You're a racist mothafu%^a. Just because she and her daughter draw AFDC don't mean that you have the nerve to judge them........ignunt ass. Maybe they needed the extra money.

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