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Aug 31, 2011 7:21 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Metairie woman pleads guilty to FEMA fraud

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 39-year-old Metairie woman has pleaded guilty to federal charges of theft of government funds, possession of stolen mail and identity theft.
U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says Alicia Victoria Gee entered the plea Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey.
According to court documents, Gee received disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Hurricane Katrina but failed to report having received insurance funds to cover the same damage. Gee also provided FEMA with false statements that resulted in her fraudulently receiving $53,097.
Gee also pleaded guilty to possession of stolen mail and identity theft of a victim's social security number and financial and credit information.
Sentencing is set for Nov. 29. She faces up to 30 years in prison, criminal forfeiture and fines.

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