Butte County man sentenced for filing false claim for FEMA benefits after Camp Fire

A Forest Ranch man was sentenced Thursday to eight months in prison for fraud for filing false claims for Camp Fire benefits.

Posted: Nov 19, 2020 12:17 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Forest Ranch man was sentenced Thursday to eight months in prison for fraud after filing false claims to FEMA for Camp Fire benefits, according to U.S. Attorney McGregor W Scott.

56-year-old Daniel Connelly, of Forest Ranch, pleaded guilty to federal charges.

The Department of Justice said Connelly claimed a home in Paradise, damaged in the fire, as his primary residence. Connelly knew his claim was false at the time he applied for FEMA benefits because he had vacated the residence months prior to the fire because he had been evicted, according to court documents.

At the time of the Camp Fire, the residence was vacant and listed for sale. As a result of Connelly’s false statement in his application for FEMA benefits, he received $2,663 to assist with rent and the replacement of personal property. He must pay back the amount he received, according to the Department of Justice.

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