advertisement

Joplin woman admits post-tornado fraud

Friday, January 4, 2013 | 11:21 a.m. CST

SPRINGFIELD — A Joplin woman has admitted defrauding the federal government out of disaster benefits following the May 2011 tornado that devastated the city.

The U.S. Attorney's office said 37-year-old Pamala Ann Shafer pleaded guilty Thursday to making false statements to the government.

Prosecutors said Shafer applied for federal help by falsely claiming her apartment had been damaged by the tornado. She also applied for temporary rental assistance, leading the federal government to authorize a payment of $938.

Shafer admitted in her plea that she didn't live at the apartment when the tornado struck. The apartment was owned by another person who didn't know her.

The U.S. Attorney's office says Shafer is the fifth person so far to plead guilty in cases of fraudulently receiving post-tornado federal benefits.


Like what you see here? Become a member.


Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Comments

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.

advertisements