Man in 9-11 Fraud Case Pleads Guilty
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) _ A man who collected $68,000 from a charity by falsely claiming his boyfriend died in the World Trade Center attacks has pleaded guilty to grand theft.
Patric Henn, 29, entered his plea Wednesday and admitted making up the story to steal from the American Red Cross. Henn could face up to 15 years in prison at sentencing scheduled for Jan. 19.
He told Circuit Judge Marc Gold that that he thought pleading guilty to the charge was the right thing to do. The plea was not part of a deal with prosecutors.
Henn is accused of telling the Red Cross, the media and others that his domestic partner, Jeff John Anderson, was on his way to visit a brokerage firm in the World Trade Center about 45 minutes before the 2001 attacks.
Anderson’s name does not appear on any official victims lists and authorities do not believe such a person exists. Henn was arrested in June 2003 in Dallas and transferred to Florida.
Henn’s attorney, Dorothy Ferraro, said she will ask for the first-time felony offender to receive probation. She declined to discuss Henn’s plea.