FEMA FRAUD: Woman Sentenced To Prison

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An Iowa woman has been sentenced in federal court for lying to FEMA and collecting disaster benefits she wasn’t entitled to after the 2008 flood.

Thirty-seven-year-old Emily Protsman was sentenced Wednesday in Cedar Rapids after pleading guilty to one count of disaster benefits fraud.

Protsman was given a one and a half year prison term and ordered to pay restitution of $8,846.95. Prosecutors say Protsman submitted a fraudulent application to FEMA claiming she lived at a Cedar Rapids residence that had been flooded in June on 2008. She claimed that her home and personal property were damaged in the flood. Protsman later admitted that she did not live at the address submitted on her application.

Protsman will begin serving her sentence February 20th.