Federal judge refuses to throw out conviction of former Gulfport Mayor Brent Warr

A federal judge has denied a motion to throw out the conviction of a former south Mississippi mayor sentenced to probation in a Hurricane Katrina fraud case.

Former Gulfport Mayor Brent Warr pleaded guilty to one count Sept. 25, 2009, more than four years after the August 2005 storm devastated parts of the Gulf Coast. Warr and his wife were accused of seeking a homeowner’s assistance grant for a storm-damaged house they owned but did not live in.