Updated:
Original:

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.
Author:

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.

Next Up

FAPqmybVkAQ5h1p

Vikings come from behind for resounding win over Seattle

Kirk Cousins was lights out and Alexander Mattison didn't a miss a beat in place of Dalvin Cook.

Cheryl Reeve

One and done: Lynx season ends with playoff loss to Chicago

Minnesota was faced with a one-and-done situation despite owning the league's third-best record.

Dalvin Cook

Vikings: Dalvin Cook is OUT of Seahawks game

The star running back hasn't recovered from an ankle injury.

snapchat

Boy arrested after making threats towards school in Anoka

An image shared on Snapchat warned of the "best school shooting yet."

Ambulance hospital emergency

Four killed in crashes after deadly start to weekend on MN roads

The latest figures show there have been 349 road deaths in Minnesota this year.

Delta

In crackdown on unruly passengers, Delta urges other airlines to share no-fly lists

The airline says it's a bid to "further protect airline employees across the industry."

Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 7.11.05 AM

St. Cloud State student-athlete suspended from team following alleged assault

The incident reportedly took place off campus on Sep. 18.

Gopher Football

U of M-barrassed: Gophers shocked by Bowling Green

The Falcons snapped a 21-game non-conference winning streak in front of a homecoming crowd.

Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins applies for exemption to COVID vaccine, is rejected

Wiggins could miss a large chunk of the season without the vaccine.

Related

Dayton asks for low-interest loans in wake of FEMA aid denial

Following the denial of appeal for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to repair home and business with flood and other June storm damage, Gov. Mark Dayton has moved on to asking for loans from the Small Business Administration. Dayton is seeking loans to repair damage done in St. Louis, Carlton and Pine and adjoining counties, and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

Dayton will appeal FEMA decision rejecting individual flood aid

Governor Dayton ordered state officials to begin preparing an appeal after learning that FEMA has denied federal aid to individual victims of last month's flooding. The agency is providing money for 13 counties to rebuild roads and make other repairs. But money for individual homeowners and businesses was denied.

Hurricane grounds planes at MSP, volunteers heading east to help

Hurricane Sandy has already grounded more than 100 flights out of the Twin Cities and will disrupt traffic for the rest of the week. So far the cancellations involve flights that were headed east, but a ripple effect will get the west coast involved, too. Meanwhile, Minnesota is among the states sending emergency personnel east to help with the response.

Dayton looking into possible rift within FEMA over individual aid

Gov. Mark Dayton says he's heard that FEMA's regional office determined Minnesotans did qualify for individual flood aid, but was overruled by Washington, likely for budgetary reasons. Dayton says he wants to find out more. The state is appealing this week's decision denying assistance payments to individual homeowners and businesses hit by last month's floods.

Pool

Maple Grove man defrauded PPP of $1.7M, used some to install pool

The 47-year-old pleaded guilty in federal court.

Three dead in Brooklyn Park shooting

Three people died in a shooting in Brooklyn Park. The shooting happened at a home that serves as an in-home daycare. Police were searching the area for the suspect. The nearby Hennepin Technical College locked down as a precaution.