On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, it was announced that a Baton Rouge, Louisiana man had pleaded guilty to the theft of $13,807 in FEMA funds in connection to the 2016 flooding in Baton Rouge. 65-year-old Joe W. Jones pleaded guilty to the crime on October 3, 2017. During the 2016 flooding, FEMA funds were made available to people for food, shelter and clothing.
To quality, the consumer was required to have resided in the home at the time of the storm. Court documents explain that Jones filed a fraudulent claim with FEMA on August 2016. Jones claimed that his Baton Rouge home was his primary residence, but he was residing elsewhere and had been renting the Baton Rouge home to a tenant. Jones’ actions caused the renter’s application to be delayed.
Again, the defendant has pleaded guilty to theft of government funds. Joe W. Jones will be sentenced at a later date.