Butte County woman pleads guilty to Camp Fire FEMA fraud

A woman from Butte County had pleaded guilty to make false statements in a FEMA application.

Posted: Sep 16, 2021 11:29 AM
Updated: Sep 16, 2021 4:22 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A Butte County woman has pleaded guilty to making false statements in a FEMA application in connection to the Camp Fire, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert.

Court documents show FEMA provided disaster benefits to people who either lost their primary home or it was destroyed.

53-year-old Kristen Canapary filed a claim for the disaster benefit and falsely listed a rental home she used to live in as her primary home at the time of the Camp Fire.

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According to the property owner, Canapary left the home earlier in 2018 and the home was vacant and undergoing renovations.

Canapary was given money for rental assistance and the replacement of personnel property.

She was given about 13 months of temporary FEMA housing.

Canapary is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 16 and faces a maximum statutory penalty of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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