Hurricane Katrina Disaster Assistance Fraud – John M. Ford Pleads Guilty Faces Prison

There’s no April Fools to this – seems that John M. Ford, age 35, plead guilty to Hurricane Katrina disaster assistance by fraud.
According to the US Attorney’s office in California:

On September 24, 2005, FORD applied with FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) for disaster relief, to include cash (debit cards) and housing assistance. As a result, FEMA mailed FORD an approval notice and a U.S. Treasury check for $2,000. Through the American Red Cross, FORD also falsely obtained FEMA money and lodging as a disaster victim. FORD’s lodging claim was approved and for over one month FEMA paid for FORD to stay at a Marysville, California motel at a cost of over $2,370. FEMA later determined that FORD’s so-called destroyed primary residence in New Orleans was in fact a government office building. While in Marysville, FORD sought even more disaster assistance money by falsely adding to his claim that he was displaced with three dependent children. FORD admitted in federal court this morning that in 2005 and for the 10 years preceding 2005, he was a permanent resident of California. FORD also admitted that as a California resident in Sacramento in 2005 he was receiving California welfare assistance and food stamps.

FORD is facing up to 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and three years of federal supervised release.

Every choice has a consequence. As a white collar crime and business ethics speaker, I speak from first hand experience about the truth about consequences. Reality is – no one escapes the consequences of their choices. While Ford avoided the consequences for a time – he did not avoid the consequences all together. Prison is no fun and will prove to be a dramatic change from his prior activities. You do reap what you sow.

If anyone reading has any background on Fordfeel free to comment as I study the behaviors and backgrounds of those convicted of white collar crime.

White Collar Crime Speaker – Chuck Gallagher – signing off…

2 Responses to Hurricane Katrina Disaster Assistance Fraud – John M. Ford Pleads Guilty Faces Prison

  1. Texan says:

    Am I reading this correctly? 3 YR OLD child guilty???

  2. Oops..age 35. The above is now corrected

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