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SACRAMENTO — Six people have been charged with fraudulently obtaining Federal Emergency Management Agency benefits after falsely claiming losses in the Camp Fire.

They were charged on Dec. 12 in Sacramento federal court by U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott. The indictments, two of which remain sealed, are part of an ongoing investigation into fraud related to major disasters like the Camp Fire.

“We are not done holding people accountable for fraudulent claims,” said Scott in a press release.

Those charged claimed they lost their primary residences in Paradise but were found to be living elsewhere at the time of the disaster. They received several to tens of thousands in direct assistance from FEMA and, in some cases, temporary housing like trailers.

Deborah Laughlin, 64, is accused of falsely claiming an apartment in Paradise as her primary residence and received $9,674.70 in benefits and a FEMA trailer. She told media outlets like Capitol Public Radio, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times stories about leaving her dentures behind in a harrowing evacuation and receiving donations from volunteers.

But Laughlin had been arrested at her residence in Willows on Nov. 3 and stayed in jail until several days after the Camp Fire began. The articles in which she allegedly lied to journalists were entered as evidence, according to court filings.

Another defendant, Kristy Marie Tapp, 34, is accused of receiving more than $3,200 in benefits from FEMA after she claimed she had lost her home on Pentz Road in Paradise. She filed for aid after the Butte County Sheriff’s Office identified a couple living there as deceased victims of the fire. Court records say Tapp falsely claimed they were her landlords.

Evan Palmer, 30, is accused of receiving $26,490.67 after claiming that his travel trailer was destroyed in the fire. But his primary residence was in Chico, according to the court filings.

Patrick Prigmore, 54, is accused of receiving $12,837.71 in benefits and a FEMA trailer after falsely claiming a residence in Paradise.

The cases of two other defendants remained sealed.

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