Trial delayed for Olive Branch man charged with FEMA fraud - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Trial delayed for Olive Branch man charged with FEMA fraud

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge has postponed the trial of an Olive Branch man charged with making a fraudulent claim for disaster relief from last year's flooding along the Mississippi River.

Richard "Chris" Ungren, 38, had been scheduled for trial Feb. 27 in U.S. District Court in Oxford.

Ungren is charged in a two-count indictment alleging he made a fraudulent claim for Federal Emergency Management Agency benefits related to a house in Tunica following severe flooding in the area in early May 2011. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Ungren's lawyer asked for the continuance so he could have more time to prepare. The new trial date is May 21.

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