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Jonesboro Man Admits to Defrauding FEMA

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A Jonesboro man has pled guilty in Shreveport federal court to three counts of wire fraud.

57-year-old Curtis Roller had been charged with illegally obtaining Federal Emergency Management Agency grants and making false statements on Workers Compensation forms. He’s admitted that he submitted false information on grant applications he sent to FEMA so that fire departments in Louisiana and Arkansas were eligible to receive federal funds. Those funds could then be used to purchase equipment from his company, Louisiana Firefighting Services.

Roller faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, five years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine, and restitution for each count of wire fraud. He’s to be sentenced in September.

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