Denham Springs woman accused of fraud

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - A 44-year-old Denham Springs woman is accused of listing pets as people who needed federal disaster food stamps after hurricanes Katrina and Gustav.

U.S. Attorney David Dugas says Lynn R. Fletcher was indicted this week on two counts of making false claims for disaster food stamp benefits.

The indictment alleges that she sent fraudulent applications on Sept. 9, 2005, after Katrina, and last Sept. 17, after Gustav.

Dugas says the first application claimed more than $1,000 in disaster-related expenses after Katrina and listed six household members, but two were pets.

Dugas says the second application listed three pets.

The news release did not state what kind of animals they were.

Each charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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