U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that 34 YO TIFFANY WALLACE of Independence pleaded guilty to theft of government funds in connection with false applications for disaster assistance.
According to court documents, WALLACE submitted falsified applications to FEMA for disaster assistance. The applications sought disaster assistance for vehicles that WALLACE claimed were damaged following the March and August 2016 storms and flooding in Tangipahoa Parish. In the application, WALLACE submitted fraudulent repair invoices for $13,935 of vehicle damage from the March 2016 flood and $13,368 for the August 2016 flood, when in fact WALLACE created the fraudulent invoices using fictitious automotive repair shops.
WALLACE faces up to ten years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, up to three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment, and a special assessment of $100.
Judge Jay C. Zainey set the sentencing hearing for June 29, 2021.