NOLA man sentenced for nearly 6 years for lying to FEMA for disaster benefits

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MONROE, La. (AP) - A New Orleans man has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for lying to FEMA to get disaster benefits for a house he owned in north Louisiana.

Federal prosecutors said in a news release Friday that Chad Lightfoot, 47, also was ordered to pay nearly $23,700 restitution and a $10,000 fine.

He was convicted in March and sentenced Wednesday in Monroe.

Evidence showed that after the government declared a flood disaster in Monroe in 2016, he applied to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for damage to a derelict vacant house that he owned there, claiming it was his home.

U.S. Attorney David Joseph said Lightfoot showed inspectors a Louisiana ID card with the Monroe address and submitted a phony cable bill as proof that he lived there.

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