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Two women sentenced in disaster fraud case

Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 9/24/2013 2:48 pm
OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) -- Two women have been sentenced for disaster assistance fraud.

U. S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams says Tamya H. Jones, 36, of Houston, Texas and Laura Van Horn, 34, of Lansing, Michigan pleaded guilty to the charges earlier this year.

Jones, formerly of Sledge, Mississippi, was ordered to serve 12 months and one day in jail, five years probation and has been ordered to repay nearly $21,052.25.

Van Horn, formerly of Tunica, was ordered to serve 37 months in prison, five years probation and repay $4,199.38.

The two are accused of making false statements to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in an application for benefits following
a series of tornadoes that stuck the Magnolia State in last April 2011.

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