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United States v. Lightfoot

United States District Court, W.D. Louisiana, Monroe Division

February 19, 2019

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
v.
CHAD LIGHTFOOT

          KAREN L. HAYES JUDGE

          RULING

          TERRY A. DOUGHTY UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

         On October 22, 2018, the Court issued a Memorandum Ruling [Doc. No. 90] allowing the Government to introduce evidence of Defendant Chad Lightfoot's (“Lightfoot”) prior conviction for bank fraud.[1]

         On January 28, 2019, Lightfoot filed a Supplemental List of Foreseeable Issues [Doc. No. 97] in which he put the Court and the Government on notice that he intends to subpoena to trial Andre Gaudin, an Orleans Parish Assistant District Attorney.

         On February 12, 2019, the Government filed a motion in limine objecting to issuance of the subpoena [Doc. No. 99].

         On February 14, 2019, Lightfoot filed a memorandum in opposition [Doc. No. 101] to the Government's motion in limine.

         I. ALLEGED FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY

         Lightfoot is charged in the Indictment [Doc. No. 1] with one count of Fraud Scheme in Connection with Major Disaster or Emergency Benefits, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1040(a)(2). In 2016, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”), an agency of the United States within the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), was authorized to provide supplemental grant assistance for repair and restoration of damaged primary residences affected by the federally declared disaster DR-4263, Louisiana Severe Storms and Flooding on or about March 13, 2016.

         The Government alleges that Lightfoot owned an abandoned, unoccupied property located at 1508 S. 4th Street in Monroe, Louisiana, but primarily worked and resided in the New Orleans, Louisiana area. On or about March 19, 2016, and continuing until on or about May 31, 2016, the Government further alleges that Lightfoot defrauded FEMA by claiming the Monroe property as his primary residence in order to obtain disaster relief payments. Lightfoot allegedly signed FEMA forms stating that the information was true and correct.

         On the day prior to FEMA's inspection of the property, Lightfoot obtained a Louisiana Identification Card listing the address of the Monroe property. He attended the inspection and allegedly falsely represented that the Monroe address was his primary residence.

         Lightfoot obtained a FEMA payment of $23, 684.71 via electronic funds. On or about April 22, 2016, he then paid $836.42 in delinquent property taxes and was issued a Certificate of Redemption, redeeming the property from a tax sale.

         On or about May 3, 2016, Lightfoot submitted a second estimate of repair for the residence in the amount of $122, 500.00.

         Shortly thereafter, on May 19, 2016, Lightfoot submitted a copy of an allegedly fraudulent bill from Cox Communications to ...


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