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Oklahoma woman sentenced five years in prison after taking advantage of disaster victims

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TULSA, Okla. – An Oklahoma resident pleaded guilty in federal court to fraudulently obtaining Federal Emergency Disaster Agency benefits made available for victims of the Mannford wildfires.

42-year-old Kerry Rowell, of Mannford, pleaded guilty to a charge that she had made false statements to a Federal agency.

According to court documents, from August 23, 2012 to September 23, 2013, Rowell made false statements and provided false documents to support her application for FEMA disaster assistance.

Rowell claimed her primary residence was destroyed, when in fact she did not reside at that residence. The house was actually owned by her mother and was uninhabited, dilapidated, and had no utility service.

Rowell faces the maximum statutory penalty of five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

Her sentencing date has been set for August 12, 2014.