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San Diego woman sentenced to prison in Hurricane Katrina fraud case

March 14, 2011 |  5:40 pm

A 43-year-old San Diego woman was sentenced in federal court Monday to 27 months in prison for fraudulently obtaining more than $20,000 in disaster relief funds by posing as a victim of Hurricane Katrina.

Cynthia Magee received more than $14,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Administration and more than $5,000 from the American Red Cross after the 2005 hurricane that struck the New Orleans region, according to court documents.

For the FEMA funds, Magee falsely claimed that her primary residence was New Orleans; and for the Red Cross disaster-relief debit cards, she claimed to live in Louisiana and Mississippi, prosecutors said.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego