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United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

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FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2009                                                       PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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BATON ROUGE MAN SENTENCED FOR HURRICANE FRAUD IN EAST TEXAS

 

            BEAUMONT, TX –   U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced that a 43-year-old Baton Rouge, LA man has been sentenced to federal prison for hurricane-related fraud in the Eastern District of Texas.

            STANLEY T. BURRELL pleaded guilty on Oct. 30, 2008, to making a false statement to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and was sentenced today to 16 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.  Burrell was also ordered to pay $12,749.51 in restitution to FEMA.

            According to information presented in court, in October 2005, while in the Eastern District of Texas, Burrell filed a claim by mail with FEMA in which he requested Disaster Housing and Individual Assistance for losses he reportedly suffered from Hurricane Katrina.  Burrell claimed his primary residence was an apartment in New Orleans.  However, he was homeless and did not meet requirements for FEMA assistance.  Burrell received checks totaling $12,749.51 in assistance as a result of his fictitious claims.  Burrell was indicted by a federal grand jury on Dec. 5, 2007 and charged with hurricane-related fraud.

            In September 2005, the U.S. Department of Justice created the Hurricane Katrina Fraud Task Force, designed to deter, investigate and prosecute disaster-related federal crimes such as charity fraud, identity theft, procurement fraud and insurance fraud.  The Hurricane Katrina Fraud Task Force includes members of the FBI, the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, among others.

            This case is being investigated by the United States Postal Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randall L. Fluke.

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