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Oklahoma man takes advantage of FEMA, sentenced to prison


MOORE, Okla. – A Moore resident who allegedly committed disaster benefits fraud in connection with the May 2013 tornado was sentenced today.

Blake Self, 19, was sentenced to serve three months in prison, 60 days in a halfway house, and 90 days home confinement.

Self was also ordered to pay $12,885.45 in restitution to FEMA and serve five years of supervised release at the conclusion of his confinement term.

Last May the Cleveland County area was declared a major disaster and the payment of disaster benefits was authorized.

According to reports, Self allegedly claimed to a FEMA inspector that his primary residence at the time of May 20, 2013, tornado was on the 900 block of S.W. 14th Street, in Moore, when in fact it was not his residence at that time.

Self pled guilty to committing benefits fraud in January.

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