MEMPHIS—A Memphis woman has pleaded guilty to mail fraud for filing fradulent disaster relief applications in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Federal prosecutors for the Western District of Tennessee say in a statement that 39-year-old Jennifer Blaye was charged with filing nine fraudulent applications with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Some of the addresses were for properties that did not exist and others for properties she did not own. She also used names and Social Security numbers that were fictitious or belonged to other people, some of them dead.
In letters and phone calls to FEMA, she claimed to be under a great deal of stress because of the tragedy she had been through.
As a result of the scheme, Blaye received almost $140,000. She will be sentenced in February.