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Woman to plead guilty to grant fraud

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Federal court records say a Bay St. Louis woman is set to plead guilty to a charge of making a false statement for a homeowners-assistance grant to elevate her home.

A federal indictment returned Oct. 16 alleges Rhonda Lynn Verduzco falsely represented an elevation certificate had been issued to qualify her for a grant.

She had previously pleaded not guilty but is now scheduled for a change of plea hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Gulfport.

Verduzco had applied for an elevation grant offered by the Mississippi Development Authority with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development money.

The grant offered eligible homeowners up to $30,000 to elevate their homes to meet federal requirements put in place after Hurricane Katrina.

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