- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia man who’s accused of defrauding an 81-year-old New Orleans woman in the wake of Hurricane Katrina says he was living in California at the time and couldn’t have committed the crime.

Attorney Miguel Debon tells media outlets that his client, James Michael Riley of Athens, Georgia, is fighting extradition to Louisiana, where Riley is wanted for fraud committed in 2008.

Debon says he can prove Riley was living and working in San Francisco that year.

Riley is accused of asking a woman for $76,000 to rebuild her Louisiana home, then disappearing before the work was done.

Riley was arrested at his home by the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office in December, shortly after moving back to Athens.

The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office didn’t respond to requests for comment.

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