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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

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Portland's Katrina fraud perps: All union thugs

Fifteen more Portland-area SEIU government union thugs known as "voter blockers" who interfered with initiative petitioners in 2002 and 2004 have been charged with fraudulently obtaining Hurricane Katrina disaster relief funds. The total is now up to 26 scammers, and more indictments are expected. SEIU President Andy Stern was out-of-state and unavailable for comment.

"Stealing government funds intended to go to the victims of Hurricane Katrina is a violation of our national trust and the laws of this country. Unlawfully profiting from the misfortune of others is appalling, and those who commit such crimes will be aggressively prosecuted," Karin Immergut, U.S. attorney for Oregon said in a statement.

A grand jury issued indictments in April. The last of the defendants were arraigned last week. In a related 2006 investigation, eleven SEIU members pleaded guilty in Oregon to fraudulently receiving Hurricane Katrina disaster relief funds.

Abraham Allen, 22, Bernadine Raiford, 30, Lavonne Ribbon, 25, Leonard Roach, 50, Terri Ryce, 35, Tracy Stewart, 35, Trina Stewart, 38, and Teddy Warren, 22, are charged with one count of Receipt of Stolen Government Property.

Elizabeth Ellis, 37, Edward Frye, 33, Maria Lopez, 26, and Maranda Smith, 28, are charged with two counts of Receipt of Stolen Government Property.

Dennis Scott, 34, and Willie Frye, 34, are charged with three counts of Receipt of Stolen Government Property.

Makeitho Herring, 31, is charged with one count of Receipt of Stolen Government Property, and four counts of Mail Fraud.

oregonlive.com, May 21

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