Court Orders Defendant To Repay $20,438.38 In FEMA Theft Case
United States Attorney Kenyen R. Brown of the Southern District of Alabama announces that United States District Court Chief Judge William H. Steele sentenced Nicole Latasha Myatt on November 28, 2016 to serve a term of five (5) years on probation for committing Theft of Public Money on May 21, 2014 in violation of 18 USC § 641. Chief Judge Steele also ordered the defendant to pay restitution in the amount $20,438.38 as a condition of the defendant’s probation.
The investigation revealed that on May 2, 2014, the United States Government declared multiple counties in Alabama major disaster areas as a result of severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding which struck the area between April 28, 2014 through May 5, 2014. During the course of the investigation, the authorities discovered that the defendant submitted fraudulent documents on May 21, 2014 to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in order to receive disaster assistance money unlawfully. The defendant previously pled guilty before the Court on August 22, 2016.
This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lawrence J. Bullard for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Alabama.