Denham Springs woman accused of disaster assistance fund theft

Denham Springs woman accused of disaster assistance fund theft
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DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - A woman from Denham Springs was indicted on Thursday for the theft of disaster assistance funds, according to the department of justice.

Lisa Elizabeth Corina, 37, is being charged for submitting false claims to the United States and theft of $30,644 in Federal Emergency Management Assistance funds involved with the historic 2016 floods.

After the flood that affected 12 parishes in south Louisiana, FEMA funds were available for those who had emergency needs because of the flood.

Corona allegedly submitted a fake application for FEMA assistance for a residence in Denham Springs. She was not living at the residence at the time of the floods, the department of justice said in an official release.

Her application alleged that the flood damaged her residence, asserting that she had needs for food, clothing and shelter.

The case is being handled by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Louisiana and the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul L. Pugliese is prosecuting the case.

Members of the public who suspect fraud involving disaster relief efforts, or believe they have been the victim of fraud from a person or organization soliciting relief funds on behalf of disaster victims, should contact the National Disaster Fraud Hotline at (866) 720-5721.

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