SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A San Diego woman who pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining more than $20,000 in disaster relief following Hurricane Katrina was sentenced on Monday to 27 months in federal prison.
Cynthia D. Magee, 43, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns to pay $20,572 in restitution.
Shortly after Hurricane Katrina made landfall on Aug. 29, 2005, Magee submitted a claim for disaster relief to the Federal Emergency Management Administration,in which she falsely stated that her primary residence was in New Orleans, La., according to the government.
She subsequently received more than $14,000 in FEMA benefits, federal prosecutors said.
Magee also admitted that she traveled throughout the Gulf Coast region collecting American Red Cross disaster-relief debit cards by falsely claiming to reside in Louisiana and Mississippi and received more than $5,000 in disaster assistance funds.
Rain showers are expected to reach San Diego County Thursday, but the brunt of a big storm impacting much of Southern California will miss San Diego County and instead hit north of here.
Two more schools face threats Thursday morning in Vista and city leaders are taking new action to stop them.
The National Weather Service is predicting rain around San Diego County this week, potentially heavy rain on Thursday. People in unincorporated areas can get free sandbags at numerous locations to help them protect their homes, properties and communities.
The debate over dockless bikes rolled into Pacific Beach as the Town Council held a panel Wednesday night with bike and scooter sharing companies: Bird, LimeBike, ofo and Mobike.
Tieray Jones walked out of jail a free man Wednesday night just hours after a judge decided to not re-try him in the death of his stepson nearly 16-years ago.
DMV officers were out Wednesday, looking for people abusing the system. One woman was in tears as she was caught using a handicap placard issued to her adult son - who wasn't with her on the shopping trip.
A Serra High School freshman was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of scrawling a threat about a school shooting in a restroom at the Tierrasanta campus.
News 8's investigation into high water bills across the city of San Diego continues. Months after we received our first complaint, viewers are still emailing us about the problem.