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Woman sentenced to federal prison in Hurricane Katrina fraud

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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.

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