CALIFORNIA - Two Northern California men have pleaded guilty to defrauding the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for benefits in connection to the 2018 Camp Fire.
The U.S. Attorney says 55-year-old Daniel Connelly of Forest Ranch falsely claimed he was a Paradise resident and that his home was damaged by the fire after a bank had already evicted him, leaving the home vacant.
Connelly received more than $2,600 to assist with rent and replace personal property.
54-year-old Patrick Prigmore of Redding plead to falsely claiming he resided at the same residence at the time of the fire. He received $12,000 from FEMA.
Both men face 30 years in prison.