MARRERO WOMAN SENTENCED FOR MAKING A FALSE STATEMENT TO FEMA
PATRICIA A. BOWMAN, age 54, a resident of Marrero, Louisiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle to three (3) years probation and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $2,000 for making a material false statement to FEMA, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.
BOWMAN previously pled guilty on October 12, 2011 to falsely representing on her application for disaster assistance that she resided at 139 Morgan Court, Westwego, Louisiana, and had evacuated from that address when Hurricane Katrina struck on August 29, 2005. The truth was that BOWMAN was living at 2416 Claire Avenue, Gretna, Louisiana, on August 29, 2005, and did not evacuate. BOWMAN received $2000 from FEMA based upon her false statement.
The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dorothy Manning Taylor.
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