Woman Charged with FEMA Fraud

On May 2, a federal grand jury  indicted Angela Michelle Anderson, 42, for falsely claiming that she lived at a home on Crescent Lane in Tuscaloosa that was damaged on April 27th, 2011 by a tornado.  She is also accused of falsely stating that the information she gave on the Federal Emergency Management Agency application was true and correct.

A Hackleburg resident, Donnie Lee Burleson, 37, was also charged Wednesday for making similar statements.

Anderson and Burleson are the 10th and 11th people to face federal charges of fraudulently claiming benefits related to the April 27th tornadoes.

FEMA is the Federal Emergency Management Agency and assists those individuals whose property has been damaged or destroyed and whose losses are not covered by insurance in a disaster, such as a tornado.  It is meant to help individuals, families or businesses with critical expenses that cannot be covered in other ways.  The assistance is not intended to restore the damaged property to its condition before the disaster.

FEMA fraud, waste, abuse or allegations of mismanagement involving disaster relief funds can be reported through the National Disaster Fraud Hotline, toll free, at 1-866-720-5721, or by emailing  disaster@leo.gov.  The telephone number is staffed by a live operator 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General investigated both of these cases.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama is prosecuting the cases.

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