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New Jersey Woman Admits FEMA Aid Fraud

A southern New Jersey woman has admitted stealing about $40,000 in benefit money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after major storms hit the state in recent years. Federal prosecutors say 47-year-old Sara Cengiz of Brick falsely claimed she needed …

New Jersey Residents Accused of Sandy Aid Fraud

State prosecutors in New Jersey have charged four people with filing fraudulent applications for federal Superstorm Sandy relief funds. They’re among 20 people accused since March of bilking the system. Authorities say 65-year-old Nabil Girgis received nearly $42,000 by claiming …

Georgia Woman Found Guilty in FEMA Disaster Aid Fraud

Federal prosecutors say a metro Atlanta, Ga., woman has pleaded guilty to her involvement in a scheme to defraud the federal government of disaster relief money. Authorities said Tuesday that 45-year-old Angela Pratt Avery of Lawrenceville pleaded guilty to fraudulently …

New Jersey Homeowners Charged With False Sandy Aid Application

New Jersey authorities have charged four homeowners with trying to get post-Superstorm Sandy aid they were not entitled to by claiming that vacation homes were their primary residences. The four received benefits ranging from nearly $13,000 to more than $22,000. …

Mississippi Woman to be Sentenced in Tornado Aid Case

A sentencing hearing is Monday for a woman who pleaded guilty to lying about her primary residence to receive federal disaster aid after tornados hit Mississippi in April 2011. Tamya H. Jones and Jevon O. Thomas were indicted last May …

3 Former Joplin Residents Face Disaster Fraud Charges

Three former Joplin, Mo., residents faces federal charges accusing them of diverting relief funds after the 2011 tornado. The U.S. Attorney’s office for western Missouri said in a release Monday that 31-year-old Herlana Latham and 36-year-old Christopher L. Smith, both …

Louisiana Woman Pleads Guilty to Fraud

A 29-year-old New Orleans, La., woman has pleaded guilty to mail fraud relating to a fraudulent application she made for help after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente says Alicia Wells entered the plea Friday before …

Florida Man Guilty of $1.2M Oil Spill Claims Fraud

A South Florida man is facing a potentially lengthy prison sentence after a jury convicted him of attempting to defraud the BP oil spill claims fund out of $1.2 million. A jury on Tuesday convicted 32-year-old Jean Mari Lindor of …

FBI in New Jersey Watching for Sandy Fraud

The FBI in New Jersey is watching to ensure that federal money meant to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy doesn’t find its way into the pockets of corrupt politicians or scam artists. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says $2.5 billion in …

Mississippi Brothers Face Charges for Katrina Fraud

Two brothers from Waveland, Miss., face charges that they lied to get federal money to repair and elevate a hurricane-damaged home after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Richard Frank Bourgeois Jr., 48, and Wallace Gary Bourgeois, 44, pleaded not guilty earlier this …