Alleged Katrina Family Sells Memphis Gift House

NOVEMBER 22, 2006 - Posted at 7:46 a.m. CST

MEMPHIS, TN - A Memphis church that wanted to do something special for Hurricane Katrina victims gave a $75,000 house, free and clear, to a couple who said they were left homeless by the storm.

But the two turned around and sold the place without ever moving in, and went back to New Orleans.

Members of the Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ said they feel their generosity was abused by scam artists.  They are no longer even sure that the couple were victims of Katrina or that they were a couple at all.

Delores Thompson, reached at a New Orleans phone number by The Associated Press yesterday, thanked the church for its generosity but said she saw nothing wrong in selling the three-bedroom, two-bath house.

An unrepentant Joshua Thompson told a TV reporter, "Take it up with God."

The church was also shocked by an ungrateful interview the couple gave with WHBQ-TV in Memphis.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)