State Police Accuse 3 of Hurricane Swindle

Friday, September 18, 2009 - 7:09am

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Authorities say two California men are under arrest on suspicion that they worked with others to swindle more than $335,000 from hurricane-damaged Louisiana property owners and their insurers.
Sgt. Markus Smith said Thursday a warrant also has been issued for a Nevada man.
Records of civil suits filed in Baton Rouge and Jackson, Miss., show that total hurricane claims against the group are at least $435,000.
Steve Slepcevic, of Palos Verdes, Calif., surrendered to authorities in St. Tammany Parish.
Matthew Todd, an attorney from Chatsworth, Calif., was arrested Monday.
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Michael Mekeel of Henderson, Nev.
Smith said all of the alleged thefts were committed in connection with Paramount Disaster Recovery, a firm based in Palos Verdes, Calif.