North Fort Myers Man Charged With FEMA Fraud
Fort Myers, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Tommy N. Tracy (71, North Fort Myers) with fraud in connection with a major disaster. If convicted, Tracy faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison.
According to the indictment, on September 13, 2017, Tracy applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance for a residence located at 18301 Slater Road in North Fort Myers. He claimed that this was his primary residence, that he was living there at the time of the disaster, and that he did not own a rental property affected by the disaster. In fact, the property on Slater Road was not his primary residence, he was not residing there at the time of the disaster, and it was a rental property owned by Tracy.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Office of Inspector General. It will be prosecuted by Chief Assistant United States Attorney Jesus M. Casas.