Oxford Juction Resident Sentenced For Defrauding Fema
Contact: Peter Deegan
A woman who lied to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to get disaster benefits following the June 2008 Eastern Iowa flood was sentenced today to federal prison.
Jessica Hines, age 32, from Oxford Junction, Iowa, received the prison term after a July 19, 2012, guilty plea to one count of disaster benefits fraud.
In a plea agreement, Hines admitted that, on July 28, 2008, Hines submitted a fraudulent application to FEMA seeking benefits related to the June 2008 flood in Eastern Iowa. Hines admitted she 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. Hines admitted that, at the time of the flood, Hines did not live at the residence identified in the application and Hines’s home and personal property were not damaged.
Hines was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Hines was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment to be followed by five years of supervised release. A special assessment of $100 was imposed, and she was ordered to make $7155.81 in restitution to FEMA. There is no parole in the federal system.
Hines was released on the bond previously set and is to surrender to the United States Marshal on November 5, 2012.
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.