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Homeowners accused of reneging on post-Katrina grant agreement

By Carrie Bradon | Nov 21, 2017

NEW ORLEANS – The State of Louisiana is seeking sums due from homeowners who allegedly failed to comply with a grant agreement that provided funds to repair their home after Hurricane Katrina. 

The state's Division of Administration, Office of Community Development Disaster Recovery Unit filed a lawsuit on Nov. 2 against Ellsworth Wilbur Frank Jr. and Peggy Collins Frank in Orleans Parish Civil District Court alleging breach of contract and sums on a promissory note.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff is seeking damages for the payment of $147,333.92 plus interest. The suit states that the defendants were given funds through the Road Home Program Grant Agreement to make repairs to their home following Hurricane Katrina. The suit alleges that the defendants have failed to comply with the terms of the agreement.

The defendants are accused of breach of agreement and misappropriation of funds on a promissory note.

The plaintiff seeks all reasonable damages, court costs, attorney fees and all appropriate relief. The plaintiff is represented by attorney John C. Walsh of Shows, Cali & Walsh LLP in Baton Rouge.

The case has been assigned to Division M Judge Henry G. Sullivan Jr.

Orleans Parish Civil District Court case number 17-10596

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