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Two Women Face Long Prison Sentences For FEMA Fraud

Two different Butte County women have admitted in the past few days to FEMA fraud in connection to relief funds they received after 2018’s Camp Fire. 53-year-old Kristen Canapary entered a guilty plea to federal charges last Thursday. She claimed that a house within the Camp Fire zone had been her residence, but she had already moved out before the fire. She was given money for rental assistance and money to replace personal property, as well as 13 months of temporary FEMA housing. On Monday 64-year-old Deborah Laughlin, a former Paradise resident pled guilty. She said she had been living at an address on the Skyway, but actually someone else was living there at the time of the fire. Laughlin was given almost $10,000 in cash for rental assistance and to replace lost belongings, and also lived in FEMA temporary housing for almost two years. The government claims its losses at more than $77,000. Both women will be sentenced in December, and they each face up to 30 years in federal prison.