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Crystal Beach Woman Convicted of Defrauding FEMA in the Wake of Hurricane Ike

May 21, 2013

GALVESTON, Texas - Whitney Rohacek, 26, of Crystal Beach, has entered a plea of guilty to one count of fraud in connection with a major disaster, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. 
 
Rohacek was indicted Jan. 30, 2013. Today, she acknowledged she submitted a false bill of sale for a travel trailer that contained a forged signature, as well as fraudulent title documents and receipts in order to obtain disaster assistance from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the wake of Hurricane Ike.

Sentencing has been set for Aug. 18, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Gregg Costa, at which time she faces up to 30 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine.

Previously released on bond, Rohacek was permitted to remain on bond pending her sentencing hearing.

The investigation leading to the charges was conducted by the Department of Homeland Security – Office of Inspector General.  Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Leuchtmann is prosecuting this case. 

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