Iowa woman to serve prison term for FEMA fraud
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman has been sentenced to four months in prison after admitting that she lied to get federal disaster benefits after the historic flood of 2008.
Jessica Hines of Oxford Junction learned her sentence Thursday during a federal court hearing in Cedar Rapids. She has been told to surrender to begin serving her sentence next month.
Prosecutors say Hines admitted that she submitted a false application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in July 2008 that claimed that her home and personal property were damaged by the flood. In reality, she didn’t live at the home she claimed and was not a flood victim.
U.S. District Judge Linda Reade ordered Hines to pay $7,155 in restitution to FEMA and to be on supervised release following her prison term.