U.S. Attorney Brandon J. Fremin, has announced that U.S. Chief Judge Shelly D. Dick has sentenced Renata Foreman to serve 9 years in federal prison following her convictions on multiple wire fraud and aggravated identity theft counts related to the 2016 flooding in Baton Rouge.
Following the 2016 flooding, which affected 20 parishes in south Louisiana, FEMA funds were available to people who became unemployed because of the flood.
The funds were administered by the Louisiana Workforce Commission in the form of Disaster Unemployment Assistance (“DUA”). In total, Foreman submitted approximately 55 fraudulent applications using stolen identities.
At trial, the jury heard testimony and saw evidence that Foreman kept logs and notebooks containing personally identifiable information of numerous people which she used in her scheme. The evidence also showed that she submitted fraudulent claims from multiple locations in New Orleans and the surrounding area.
During the commission of the crime, Foreman was residing in a federal halfway house stemming from her 2013 convictions for mail fraud, theft of government funds, and identity theft.