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Thu July 8, 2010

Sentence for Fraud

Oklahoma City, OKKa – Okla man sentenced to 4 months for Katrina fraud

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A federal judge has sentenced an Oklahoma City man to four months in prison for falsely claiming he needed emergency assistance after Hurricane Katrina.

Forty-five-year-old Chad Sterling Holcomb was also ordered on Wednesday to pay $4,358 in restitution and to serve two years probation.

U.S. District Judge Timothy DeGiusti sentenced Holcomb after he admitted in a written statement that he was living in Hooker when he claimed he had no place to stay after the 2005 storm that flooded New Orleans and devastated the Mississippi coast.

Holcomb's lawyer said in a court filing that Holcomb had earlier lived in Louisiana in an area that sustained significant storm damage, but that he moved to Oklahoma four months before Katrina.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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