Man charged for disaster benefits fraud

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma – A federal grand jury indictment was unsealed today charging Blake Lynn Self, 18, of Moore, Oklahoma, with committing disaster benefits fraud in connection with a claim for benefits following the May 2013 tornadoes in Moore.

Under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, the May 20, 2013, tornado affecting Cleveland County was declared a major disaster and the payment of disaster benefits was authorized.

The indictment alleges that on June 14, 2013, Self submitted a false claim for monetary benefits to be paid by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA.)

Specifically, it is alleged that Self claimed to a FEMA inspector that his primary residence was a residence hit by the tornado when in fact it was not.