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Cairo police chief accused of bogus relief claims

Published: Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 11:17 a.m. CDT

CAIRO, Ill. (AP) — The police chief of the far southern Illinois city of Cairo is facing charges for filing false disaster-relief claims with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

A federal indictment accuses 48-year-old Bernard Brown of four counts of making false statements and one count of disaster relief fraud.

Authorities allege that from September 2011 through June of last year, Brown repeatedly sought FEMA money to cover relocation expenses. He says his home was damaged during severe flooding in 2011, forcing him to move into a rental house.

But authorities allege Brown never left his house.

Brown's trial has been scheduled to begin Feb. 21.

A message left Monday with his federal public defender, Melissa Day, was not immediately returned. Brown doesn't have a listed home telephone number.

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