PA woman charged with Katrina fraud

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A northeastern Pennsylvania woman is facing theft and fraud charges for allegedly taking $25,000 in Hurricane Katrina relief money that she wasn't entitled to.

Federal prosecutors say 38-year-old Contessa Comadore, of East Stroudsburg, told the Federal Emergency Management Agency she lived in New Orleans and was a victim of the 2005 hurricane. Authorities say she actually lived in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains at the time.

Comadore was arraigned Thursday before a federal judge in Scranton. She was released on her own recognizance and declined to speak with reporters after her hearing. Investigators say Comadore contacted FEMA less than a week after the storm and began receiving payments a few days later.

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