Mason Grad Likely to Face Katrina Fraud Charges in Court

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A woman who claimed she was a Hurricane Katrina victim and was given rent-free place to live, thousands of dollars and other items may go on trial later this month.

Kim Horn claimed she came to Michigan after her house in Louisiana was swept away by Hurricane Katrina.

Once police discovered Horn did live in Louisiana but nowhere near any areas damaged by the hurricane, she was charged with filing a false claim for assistance.

Horn's attorney, James White, says his client, a Mason High School graduate, fled to Mason with her six-year-old daughter to escape an abusive relationship and is afraid to return to Louisiana.

He says the January 30 trial date is tentative and subject to change.

If convicted, Horn could face up to five years in prison.