GRETNA –– Louisiana's disaster recovery agency wants a homeowner to pay back grants received after damaging hurricanes.
The Louisiana Division of Administration, Office of Community Development--Disaster Recovery Unit filed a complaint on Sept. 6 in the 24th Judicial District Court against Cheri Gascon.
According to the complaint, Gascon received grant money after hurricane damage. However, the homeowner was required to show the state she elevated her home to prevent future damage. The state claims she did not show proof of elevating her home and must pay back the money.
Gascon owes more than $88,000 to the state.
The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The agency is represented by John C. Walsh of Shows, Cali & Walsh LLP in Baton Rouge.
The case has been assigned to Division H Judge Glenn B. Ansardi.
The 24th Judicial District Court Case number 787335