Woman Sentenced to 3 Years for Katrina Fraud

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Atlanta, GA (AP) - A 38-year-old Georgia woman was sentenced to
three years and three months in prison on charges of credit card
fraud and identity theft stemming from false claims that she was
left homeless by Hurricane Katrina.

Candice Paige Thompson was also ordered to pay almost $70,000 in
restitution after pleading guilty to the charges in July.

Prosecutors say Thompson falsely claimed that she was a Biloxi,
Miss. resident who was left homeless by Hurricane Katrina.

They also say she stole the identities of several residents who
invited her to live in their homes and then charged tens of
thousands of dollars on credit card accounts she opened in their

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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