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FEMA Applicant Sentenced To 15 Months For Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell today sentenced Sandreania Davis (46, Orlando) to one year and three months in federal prison for filing a materially false statement in an application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster relief benefits. 

A federal jury convicted Davis on December 18, 2018.

According to the evidence presented at trial, in September 2017, Davis attempted to obtain FEMA benefits following Hurricane Irma. She did so by falsely claiming that she resided in a particular apartment in Orlando. In addition, Davis broke into the apartment to make it appear that she lived there for purposes of a FEMA inspection. 

This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Office of the Inspector General. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Emily C. L. Chang.

Updated March 5, 2019

Disaster Fraud
Financial Fraud