The ugly M word rears its ugly head again...
And this one fits the bill!
Woman gets 18 months in prison for making up brother to defraud Sept. 11 victims fund
The Associated Press
7/23/03 3:04 PM
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- A woman was sentenced to 18 months in prison for trying to defraud a Sept. 11 victims fund by falsely claiming she had a firefighter brother who died in the World Trade Center.
Tommie Joyce Martin, 42, schemed to collect a $50,000 advance from the Victim Compensation Fund. She pleaded guilty in March.
At her sentencing Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Jimm L. Hendren told her: "That's almost a desecration, Miss Martin, of the memory of the firemen who ... put themselves in harm's way and lost their lives."
U.S. Justice Department spokesman Charles Miller said two other people have pleaded guilty to defrauding the federal fund, two are awaiting trial and one was acquitted.
More than 2,000 people have filed claims on behalf of people who died or were injured, he said. So far, 437 claimants have received $476.4 million.
18 months? She should have gotten 18 YEARS!..now that would be an deterrent!
Re: The ugly M word rears its ugly head again...
Unfortunately we hear this more and more...ANYTHING FOR A BUCK. How bout people selling thing's and making money off the poor murdered victims. 9-11-01 is a BIG MONEY MAKER. How sad is this?
Originally posted by CaptainGonzo
18 months? She should have gotten 18 YEARS!..now that would be an deterrent! [/B]