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December 12, 2008

Cedar Rapids woman pleads guilty to fema fraud

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KTIV) - United States Attorney Matt M. Dummermuth announced today that a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, woman who lied to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in an application for flood disaster relief benefits pled guilty in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Kelley Lynn Brutsman, age 27, pled guilty to one count of disaster benefits fraud.

At the plea hearing, Brutsman admitted she falsely claimed, in an application for FEMA disaster relief benefits, she lived in the Cedar Rapids flood disaster area at the time of the June 2008 flood.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Brutsman faces a possible maximum sentence of up to 30 years' imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and 5 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ian K. Thornhill and was investigated by the United States Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, and the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

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