|Federal prosecutors said a Clay County woman was sentenced in a fraud investigation involving major disaster or emergency benefits.|
Rebecca F. Bragg, 37, was sentenced to one month in federal prison, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorneyâs Office of the Southern District of West Virginia. She also must serve a three-year term of supervised release â seven months of which will be served on home confinement.
Bragg also paid $4,900 in restitution to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
According to court documents, in June 2016, at the time of a major flood, Bragg lived in a home in Procious in Clay County that was owned by her husbandâs parents.
On June 26, 2016, Bragg applied to FEMA for both personal and rental assistance for the Procious residence. As a result of her application for rental assistance, Bragg received more than $2,400 from FEMA.
Initially, FEMA ruled Bragg ineligible for home repair assistance because she had not proven she owned the home at the time of the flood. On July 20, 2016, through her previous employer, Bragg applied for and obtained home insurance for the Procious residence and falsely claimed she was the homeowner, prosecutors said.
On Aug. 9, 2016, Bragg faxed to FEMA the home insurance policy that listed her as the property owner.
Prosecutors said as a result of Braggâs false statements and misrepresentations, she received about $4,900 in home repair benefits from FEMA.