Woman gets 18 months for Katrina fraud

By The Associated Press

GULFPORT — A federal judge has sentenced a Mississippi woman to serve 18 months in prison and pay nearly $350,000 in penalties and restitution for Hurricane Katrina fraud.

Judy Carter, who also goes by Judy Pigott, was charged with 11 counts related to a scheme to get disaster assistance by fraudulently claiming she lived in a house in Gulfport that was hit by the storm. She pleaded guilty in September to one count. The remaining counts were dismissed.

U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden sentenced her Thursday in federal court in Gulfport.