Woman Pleads Guilty in Hurricane Fraud Case

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A New Iberia woman has plead guilty to conspiring to defraud the government out of thousands of dollars in false hurricane damage claims following hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Jacqueline Marie Benjamin's sister-in-law applied for rental assistance money claiming she was forced to move because of storm damage to her home. According to officials; Valerie Benjamin listed her new residence in New Iberia as a rental property and listed Jacqueline Benjamin as her landlord when she was not.

Marie Benjamin Faces five years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both with three years of supervised release.

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