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Woman convicted on fraud charges

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans woman has been convicted of charges she fraudulently obtained Hurricane Katrina grant money and a loan for a home she lost before the August 2005 storm due to unpaid taxes.

A judge ordered Barbara Simmons Dowl into federal custody after a jury convicted her Friday of charges that included wire fraud and theft of government funds.

Prosecutors say the city of New Orleans sold property that Dowl and her ex-husband owned but lost in 2004.

After Katrina, Dowl obtained a Small Business Administration disaster loan and a federally subsidized homeowner grant for the property even though she no longer lived there.

Her sentencing is set for Sept. 9.

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