Tornado fraud sends 2 Joplin residents to jail

Tornado fraud sends 2 Joplin residents to jail

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Firefighters walk past the tornado-ravaged St. John's hospital in Joplin, Missouri on Tuesday, May 24. Rescuers combed through overturned cars and flattened buildings Tuesday hunting for survivors after this Missouri town was struck by one of the strongest tornadoes ever recorded in the US. A massive mile-wide funnel-cloud, with winds of up to 200 miles (320 kilometers) an hour, tore with devastating force through the town of Joplin late Sunday, leaving 116 people dead and hundreds more missing. AFP PHOTO / Mira OBERMAN (Photo credit should read MIRA OBERMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on November 18, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 18 at 1:23 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Two people have been sentenced to prison for fraudulently obtaining federal disaster benefits after a deadly tornado hit Joplin in May 2011.

Fifty-one-year-old Wanda G. McBride of Joplin was ordered Friday to spend six months in federal prison without parole. The Joplin Globe (http://bit.ly/XpEZAf) reports that 30-year-old Ronald M. Irby of Joplin was sentenced earlier this month to 15 months in prison.

McBride also must pay $5,628 in restitution and serve three years of supervised release after completing her prison stint. Irby's prison term is to be followed by five years of supervised release, and he must pay $5,114 in restitution.

Both pleaded guilty to disaster fraud in July.

Prosecutors say both made false claims about tornado damage. McBride obtained temporary rental assistance and Irby a temporary housing unit.

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