Napoleonville woman pleads guilty to lying to federal agent
NEW ORLEANS - Federal prosecutors say a Napoleonville woman has pleaded guilty in connection with a claim filed following Hurricane Gustav.
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite, in a news release Friday, said 33-year-old Cherkissa Jackson entered the plea to an indictment charging her with one count of false statements.
Court records show that on Sept. 3, 2008, following the storm, Jackson filed an application with the Federal Emergency Management Agency claiming the loss of a trailer. On Oct. 31, 2008, she received $28,800 on her claim.
However, an investigation found Jackson had sold the trailer a year before the storm and did not own it when Gustav struck Napoleonville.
Jackson faces up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and restitution.
U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon set sentencing for Sept. 1.