Oxford Junction Resident Charged With Defrauding FEMA
Contact: Peter Deegan
Jessica Hines, age 32, from Oxford Junction, Iowa, has been charged with one count of disaster benefits fraud. The charges are contained in an Indictment unsealed today in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids.
The Indictment alleges that, on or about July 28, 2008, Hines submitted a fraudulent application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) seeking benefits related to the June 2008 flood in Eastern Iowa. The Indictment alleges Hines falsely claimed she lived at a specific residence in Oxford Junction at the time of the flood and that her home and personal property were damaged. According to the Indictment, at the time of the flood, Hines did not live at the residence identified in the application and Hines’ home and personal property were not damaged.
If convicted, Hines faces a possible maximum sentence of 30 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and 5 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.
Hines appeared today in federal court in Cedar Rapids and was released on bond. Hines’ next appearance for a status conference is set for July 25, 2012.
As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Peter Deegan and was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General; the Jackson County, Iowa, Sheriff’s Office; and the Jones County, Iowa, Sheriff’s Office.
Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. The case file number is 12-45.