METAIRIE WOMAN CHARGED WITH FEMA THEFT, POSSESSION OF STOLEN MAIL, AND IDENTITY THEFT
ALICIA VICTORIA GEE, age 39, a resident of Metairie, Louisiana, was charged today in a three-count bill of information with theft of government funds, possession of stolen mail matter and identity theft, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to the Bill of Information, although notified that FEMA cannot pay for damage that is covered by insurance, GEE applied for and received disaster relief assistance from FEMA after Hurricane Katrina and failed to inform FEMA that she received insurance funds from Farmers Insurance Group. GEE also provided FEMA with false and fraudulent statements stating she was a property “renter” not an “owner” before the storm and fraudulently received $41,730 in FEMA funds.
GEE is also charged with one count of possession of stolen mail matter and one count of identity theft of the same victim’s social security number, financial and credit information.
If convicted of the theft of government funds count, GEE faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years, a $250,0000 fine, restitution to FEMA, and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. If convicted of the possession of stolen mail count, GEE faces five (5) years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a term of three (3) years supervised release. As to the identity theft count, GEE faces a maximum term of imprisonment of fifteen (15) years, a $250,000 fine and three (3) years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment as to each count.
U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the Bill of Information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the United States Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Julia K. Evans.
If you believe you have been a victim of fraud from a person or an organization soliciting relief funds on behalf of storm victims or have knowledge of waste, abuse, or allegations of mismanagement involving disaster relief operations, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud toll free at: (866) 720-5721. You can also fax information to: (225) 334-4707 or e-mail it to: email@example.com