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

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Philadelphia Woman Alleged To Have Fraudulently Applied For Hurricane Funds

Kia Arthur, 41, of Philadelphia, was charged by Information with one count of theft of government funds, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.  According to the Information, the defendant applied for and received Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) benefits, alleging that she had been displaced from her home as a result of Hurricane Irene.  The Information alleges that the representations in the defendant’s application to FEMA were false, and that, in fact, she was never displaced from her primary residence.  The defendant’s alleged actions resulted in a loss to the government of approximately $18,413.            

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 10 years imprisonment, a three year period of supervised release, restitution to the government of $18,413, a $250,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment.

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

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An Information is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

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Updated December 15, 2014