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|WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2010||PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER|
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PORT ARTHUR MAN SENTENCED FOR HURRICANE IKE RELATED FRAUD
Ordered to repay $28,800 for false claim
BEAUMONT, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced that a 63-year-old Port Arthur, Texas man has been sentenced for theft of government services in the Eastern District of Texas.
ISSAC MILLS, JR., pleaded guilty on Oct. 19, 2009, to theft of government services and was sentenced to 18 months federal probation today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield. Mills was also ordered to repay the $28,800 he fraudulently obtained from FEMA.
According to information presented in court, on Oct. 2, 2008, Mills received disaster relief assistance benefits from FEMA totaling $28,800. FEMA records revealed that Mills applied for benefits following Hurricane Ike claiming that he was the owner of property located at 3694 Martin Luther King Drive in Port Arthur, Texas, and that the property was his primary residence. An investigation revealed that Mills was not the owner of the property and that a permit for residential construction had never been issued for this property.
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 was investigated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Office of Inspector General and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James Peacock.
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