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Louisiana man admits illegally claiming disaster aid

July 25, 2019

LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining more than $40,000 in disaster aid after the August 2016 flooding.

U.S. Attorney Brandon Fremin said in a news release Wednesday that 44-year-old Ervin Payne Jr., of Livingston, faces a significant jail sentence, a fine, and a period of supervised release.

During his plea hearing, the Department of Justice says Payne admitted submitting false documents to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance and received $42,365 as a result. He submitted documentation for a home in Livingston Parish he did not own at the time of the March or August 2016 disasters. He also claimed he needed transportation and rental assistance.

Fremin’s office says Payne faces up to 30 years in jail. A sentencing date has not been set.

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