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Ex-policeman's wife admits she's guilty of FEMA fraud

MOBILE (AP) — The wife of a former Mobile policeman has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining disaster relief funds and a FEMA trailer after Hurricane Katrina, but federal charges are still pending against her husband.

Monique McCall, 37, entered her plea Monday in federal court to a single count of filing a false claim.

Prosecutors agreed to ask District Judge William Steele to drop 21 other charges against her related to Katrina as well as hurricanes Ivan and Dennis. It was unclear if she will testify against her husband, Tirell Deran Bowie, who resigned in March.

McCall admitted in her written plea to defrauding the Federal Emergency Management Agency out of nearly $5,000 in aid and a FEMA travel trailer. She admitted sending several letters to FEMA falsely claiming that she and her children lost everything they owned in the storm and that her parents drowned in Louisiana.

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