From theSun Herald:
GULFPORT — Gulfport Mayor Brent
Warr and his wife, Laura, quietly cried in the corridor of the U.S.
District courthouse mere blocks from City Hall after they were each
indicted on 16 charges, including conspiracy, fraud and making false
statements to obtain a total of $222,798.10 in federal Katrina relief
and insurance funds.
The Warrs pleaded innocent to the charges in
U.S. District Court this morning. They flanked their attorney, Joe Sam
Owen of Gulfport, as they stood before U.S. Magistrate Judge John M.
Gulfport’s first couple potentially faces maximum
penalties of 210 years each in prison and fines of up to $4 million
each. The government also is seeking forfeiture of their Katrina and
insurance funds, or assets of equal value.
The indictment outlines relief the Warrs received for their beachfront
mansion from Sept. 15, 2005, through March 7, 2007. They are charged
with conspiring to falsely claim they lived in the beachfront home when
they hadn’t actually moved in before the Aug. 29, 2005, hurricane.
Warr is a Republican and it was Warr who stood alongside Cheney during this infamous Katrina moment: