- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Marrero woman has pleaded guilty to theft of government funds associated with grant money that was to be used to elevate her home after Hurricane Katrina.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite says 43-year-old Cindy Dandridge entered the plea Thursday in federal court.

Court documents show Dandridge owned a home in Marrero and applied for money through the Home Elevation Mitigation Grant Program in September 2010. In January 2011, Polite’s office says she received $50,000 for the elevation project but used the money instead to pay personal expenses.

Dandridge faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when sentenced April 13 by U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon.

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