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Joplin Man Sentenced for Disaster Fraud related to Tornado Benefits

Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Joplin, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for fraudulently receiving federal disaster benefits following the tornado that struck the city of Joplin on May 22, 2011, killing 158 people and causing more than $2.9 billion in damage.Fred Lewis Pickett, Jr., 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to two years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Picket…

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