Published: Jan 15, 2011 3:13 AM EST
Updated: Jan 15, 2011 12:14 AM EST

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A former police chief in central Louisiana has pleaded guilty to submitting false claims for federal benefits after Hurricane Gustav struck in 2008.

Federal prosecutors say former Ball police chief Jay Barber submitted false statements to the Federal Emergency Management Agency that inflated the use of police vehicles, hours he worked and hours worked by other officers.

The 56-year-old faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine following his guilty plea Friday.

His sentencing is set for April 25. Barber was the town's police chief from 2008 to November.

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