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Former FEMA Employee Charged with Fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 2, 2012

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that on Thursday, March 1, 2012, a federal grand jury in Burlington, Vermont returned an indictment charging Warren Summers, 43, of Omaha, Nebraska, with two counts of wire fraud related to a 2008 to 2011 scheme to defraud FEMA. 

According to the indictment, Summers, a former FEMA Disaster Assistance Project Specialist, routinely falsified travel documents submitted to FEMA to claim the maximum allowed housing rate when he had, in fact, obtained lower cost housing. The indictment further alleges that during his employment with FEMA, Summers set up two corporations to facilitate his fraudulent scheme and placed charges on his government credit card at a business he owned in order to obtain funds for personal use. The indictment specifies that Summers served with FEMA in Vermont from September 26, 2011 until December 14, 2011 during the recovery from Tropical Storm Irene, and repeatedly submitted false claims for full rate housing. 

The United States Attorney emphasizes that the charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty. An arraignment in the case has been scheduled for March 21, 2010. If he is convicted, Summers faces a maximum possible terms of imprisonment of up to 20 years on each count of wire fraud; however, the actual sentence in the event of a conviction will be determined in accordance with the federal sentencing guidelines. 

The United States Attorney commended the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory K. Null for the Northeast Region, for their hard work on this matter. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugenia A. P. Cowles is handling the case for the government

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