Ala woman convicted in Katrina corruption case
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Federal jurors in Mobile have convicted a former coastal grant manager on corruption charges linked to Hurricane Katrina.
The jury returned guilty verdicts against Janey Galbraith on five charges on Thursday.
Galbraith was indicted over a pair of housing grants that the city of Bayou La Batre received after Katrina. She got more than $1 million for managing grants for the small fishing town of 2,600.
Galbraith was convicted on conspiracy charges. They include allegations the city used federal grant money to buy land owned by Bayou La Batre Mayor Stan Wright.
Wright is awaiting trial on similar charges, but prosecutors dismissed related counts against Galbraith's daughter.
Galbraith's lawyer argued the woman didn't treat anyone unfairly and made all her files open to the public.