The Sun Herald, 3/6/9

A federal judge has postponed the trial of Gulfport Mayor Brent Warr and his wife, giving them more time to prepare against charges of Hurricane Katrina fraud.

Brent and Laura Warr have pleaded not guilty to charges in a 16-count federal indictment.

They were scheduled for trial April 6, but requested a delay so their attorneys could review thousands of documents in the case.

U.S. District Judge Walter J. Gex III agreed Thursday to put the trial off until Sept. 8.

The Warrs are accused of seeking a homeowners assistance grant for a beachfront home they owned but did not live in and making false claims to their insurance company.

Warr is the highest-ranking official charged with fraud related to the 2005 storm.