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Southern Illinois Woman Pleads Guilty to Disaster Relief Fraud

By WJBD News

A Southern Illinois woman had pled guilty to defrauding the U.S. government out of disaster relief funds.  32-year-old April D. Trexler of West Frankfort pled guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to one-count of fraudulently claiming disaster relief benefits from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  

In the aftermath of wide-spread flooding in Southern Illinois in 2011, Trexler allegedly submitted a false application and supporting documents to FEMA claiming that she had been forced to relocate.  She requested relocation assistance funds from FEMA.  However, she was not affected by the flooding, nor had been forced to relocate.  As a result, Trexler fraudulently received $4,597 in relocation assistance payments from FEMA.

Trexler faces up to five-years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release of up to three-years. She will be sentenced on March 28th, 2013 at the U.S. District Courthouse in Benton.

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