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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Morrisville Woman Charged With Defrauding Government Agencies

Revonia Jones, 54, of Morrisville, was charged today by information with one count of theft of government funds and one count of false statements, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.  According to the information, the defendant applied for and received Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) benefits due to displacement from her home resulting from Tropical Storm Lee.  However, Jones failed to report her receipt of Housing Choice Voucher payments from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”).  The information further alleges that Jones failed to tell HUD that she was receiving FEMA benefits.  The defendant’s alleged actions resulted in a loss to the government of approximately $11,843.            

If convicted, Jones faces a maximum possible sentence of 15 years in prison, a three year period of supervised release, restitution to the government of $11,843, a $500,000 fine, and a $200 special assessment.

The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Inspector General. It is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Amanda R. Reinitz.

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Updated December 15, 2014