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Former Cedar Rapids woman sentenced for FEMA fraud


A former Cedar Rapids woman, who now lives in Coralville, has been sentenced to 18-months in federal prison for lying to FEMA.

Peter Deegan, spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa, says 37-year-old Emily Protsman lied to FEMA following the Floods of 2008 to get disaster benefits.

Protsman was sentenced Wednesday.  She pleaded guilty to one count of disaster benefits fraud on October 30.

Deegan says Protsman admitted to submitting a fraudulent application to FEMA on July 18, 2008.  He says Protsman claimed she lived at a residence in Cedar Rapids that she did not live at and she claimed that the home and her personal property were damaged in the flood. 

Protsman was sentenced to 18-months in prison and must pay $8,846.95 in restitution.  She will spend five years on supervised release after her prison term.

Protsman was released on previously set condition and is set to surrender to the U.S. Marshal on February 20.

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