2 charged with disaster assistance fraud for Hurricane Irma

MIAMI (AP) — Federal prosecutors say two Florida women have been accused of lying about damage caused by Hurricane Irma in separate cases. Indictments were returned this week charging 36-year-old Bernita Willette Carswell of Jacksonville and 39-year-old Deannajo White Suwannee County with disaster assistance fraud. They each face up to 30 years in federal prison. The indictments say both women falsified records concerning their primary residences when submitting applications for assistance to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Hurricane Irma struck Florida in September 2017, causing about $50 billion in damage throughout the state.

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