Couple Sentenced In Hurricane Ike Fraud Scam
HOUSTON (CBS Houston) A couple from Spring has been sentenced to prison for their role in a Hurricane Ike scam. The husband and wife are accused of defrauding FEMA and falsifying information all for personal gain after Hurricane Ike hit Texas back in 2008.
According to U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, a judge sentenced 40-year-old LaCarsha Goodman to two years and three months in prison. Back in September, 41-year-old Andre Goodman, her husband, was sentenced to two years in prison. Both were also ordered to pay $23,014 in restitution.
Magidson and Goodman both pleaded guilty last year to theft of government property and fraud in connection with major disasters.
Throughout the trial, evidence was presented that supported the claims that the duo perpetrated a series of frauds against the government which included reporting false addresses and damage to their home in connection with Hurricane Ike.
Additional reports indicate that the two also reported multiple home addresses as their primary residence in order to receive benefits and aid.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Suzanne Elmilady.
Hurricane Ike was the costliest hurricane ever to impact Cuba, the third-costliest hurricane ever to make landfall in the United States and the costliest hurricane in Texas history.
Hurricane Ike became the ninth named storm, fifth hurricane, and third major hurricane of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season.