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Former Cedar Rapids Resident Pleads Guilty To Defrauding FEMA

September 28, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A man who lied to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in an application to get disaster benefits following the June 2008 eastern Iowa flood pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Terry Hawkins, age 53, formerly from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was convicted of one count of disaster benefits fraud.

In a plea agreement, Hawkins admitted that, on about August 14, 2008, Hawkins made false and fraudulent statements to FEMA in an application for rental assistance following the June 2008 eastern Iowa flood. Hawkins admitted making additional false statements to FEMA through August of 2009. In total, Hawkins fraudulently obtained $8,802.00 in rental assistance from FEMA.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Hawkins remains free on bond previously set pending sentencing. Hawkins faces a possible maximum sentence of thirty years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and five years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

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.

Court file information is available at The case file number is 12-44 LRR.



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