Man convicted of Joplin tornado-related fraud

Man convicted of Joplin tornado-related fraud

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FILE - This May 24, 2011 aerial file photo shows a neighborhood destroyed by a powerful tornado in Joplin, Mo. Some federal money pledged to tornado-ravaged Joplin and other disaster sites is being diverted to help victims of Hurricane Irene. Bob Josephson of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Monday, Aug. 29, 2011 that FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund is running low. He says individual aid to victims of the May 22 tornado that destroyed about one-third of Joplin will continue, but money for long-term public repair and rebuilding projects will be used for immediate disaster relief on the East Coast. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on April 25, 2013 at 11:08 AM

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- A man is facing the possibility of a long prison term after being convicted of submitting false applications for federal disaster benefits after the May 2011 tornado in Joplin.

Fifty-eight-year-old Scott B. Olsen could be sentenced to up to 35 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 after being convicted of two counts of making false representations for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Olsen was convicted Tuesday after a two-day trial. The U.S. attorney’s office says Olsen claimed the assistance for a secondary residence where he stored property that was damaged by the storm.

The Joplin Globe reports after FEMA found him ineligible for disaster assistance, Olsen twice submitted documents claiming the address was his primary residence, when it was not.

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