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Man Convicted of Joplin Tornado-Related Fraud

Posted: Apr 25, 2013 8:59 AM by Associated Press

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JOPLIN, Mo. - A man is facing the possibility of a long prison term after being convicted of submitting false applications for federal disaster benefits after the May 2011 tornado in Joplin.

Fifty-eight-year-old Scott B. Olsen could be sentenced to up to 35 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 after being convicted of two counts of making false representations for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Olsen was convicted Tuesday after a two-day trial. The U.S. attorney's office says Olsen claimed the assistance for a secondary residence where he stored property that was damaged by the storm.

The Joplin Globe reports after FEMA found him ineligible for disaster assistance, Olsen twice submitted documents claiming the address was his primary residence, when it was not.

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