United States District Court, W.D. Louisiana, Monroe Division
L. HAYES JUDGE
A. DOUGHTY UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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.
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
February 12, 2019, the Government filed a motion in limine
objecting to issuance of the subpoena [Doc. No. 99].
February 14, 2019, Lightfoot filed a memorandum in opposition
[Doc. No. 101] to the Government's motion in limine.
ALLEGED FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
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.
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.
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
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.
about May 3, 2016, Lightfoot submitted a second estimate of
repair for the residence in the amount of $122, 500.00.
thereafter, on May 19, 2016, Lightfoot submitted a copy of an
allegedly fraudulent bill from Cox Communications to ...