Brooklyn Park women defrauded FEMA out of Hurricane Katrina aid

A mother and daughter have pleaded guilty to taking federal money intended for victims of Hurricane Katrina even though they were living in Brooklyn Park when the storm raked Louisiana. The women told the Federal Emergency Management Agency they'd lost their home and belongings in the storm. Together, they accepted more than $40,000 in federal aid over two years.

A mother and daughter have pleaded guilty to taking federal aid intended for victims of Hurricane Katrina, even though they were living in Brooklyn Park when the storm swept through Louisiana in 2005.

Vianca McCarter pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft of more than $34,000 in disaster assistance. She told the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 2005 that she'd lost her home and belongings in the hurricane. Her mother, Rena, pleaded guilty to the same charge on Friday, involving more than $8,000. Both women now live in Kenner, Louisiana.

These pleas come less than a week after a North Oaks couple admitted cheating Medicaid and Social Security out of nearly half a million dollars when they relocated to Minnesota after Katrina.

Attention is already turning to how FEMA will manage the billions of dollars in disaster assistance that will stem from this week's damage caused by the east coast storms.

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