Man convicted of fraud after claiming to be tornado victim
MOORE, Okla. – While many Moore residents are still dealing with disaster-related benefits, authorities have charged a former resident with committing fraud in order to get those benefits.
Officials say 42-year-old Ira Robert Schilling pleaded guilty to committing fraud after he submitted a claim through the Air Force’s Safe Haven program after the May 20 tornado.
The tornado was declared a major disaster and benefits were provided to civilian employees at Tinker Air Force Base who had to evacuate their homes.
In June, Schilling signed a memorandum requesting evacuation allowances and benefits.
On Wednesday, he admitted to lying about having to evacuate.
He faces up to 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and restitution.
His sentencing will take place in around 90 days.