Man charged with filing multiple false disaster claims

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Posted: Mar 26, 2010 12:50 PM
Updated: Mar 26, 2010 12:55 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Desima James, Louisiana, Katrina, Hurricane, Tornado, Flooding, Indiana, New Hampshire, Georgia, FEMA, fraud, WBRZ

A Georgia man who claims he was the victim of hurricanes in Louisiana, tornadoes in Indiana and flooding in New Hampshire has been charged with fraud.

Authorities say 30-year-old Desima James duped the government out of more than $30,000.

He has been charged with filing more than 30 fraudulent federal disaster claims between September 2005 and July 2006.

James pleaded not guilty Friday.

Authorities say he was living in Atlanta during the disasters but filed claims using fake addresses, names and Social Security numbers.

He could face more than 30 years in federal prison if convicted.

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