Saturday, December 6, 2008

Former FEMA Employee Sentenced To 5+ Years For Victimizing Katrina Victims

Robert G. Davis, 44, of Washington, DC, was sentenced yesterday to 64 months in prison for stealing the identities of Hurricane Katrina victims and going on a shopping spree. According to authorities, Davis stole the identities of more than 200 people, including Katrina victims, while working for FEMA between December 2003 and November 2007 and used the information to obtain more than $156,000 in credit with various retailers and then to purchase goods valued at $48,765.80. As part of the sentencing he was ordered to pay restitution in that amount. Davis plead guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of "aggravated identity theft," last April. He purchase such goods as gold and diamond jewelry, designer watches, gourmet food including steaks, lobster, and seafood, and lingerie and clothing. Some of the items he purchase he later pawned.

Read the story here, here and here.

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