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Man charged with false FEMA claims pleads guilty

Atlanta, GA -

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia man has plead guilty to charges he bilked the government out of more than $30,000 by filing more than 30 fraudulent emergency relief claims all while living in Atlanta.

Desima James could receive a 20-year prison sentence and a fine of $250,000 after pleading guilty Monday to a mail fraud charge.

Prosecutors say the 30-year-old told the federal Emergency Management Agency he suffered through three devastating Gulf Coast hurricanes, a tornado in Indiana and a flooding in New Hampshire - in 2005 and 2006 alone.

Dozens of people have been accused of defrauding the government, but authorities say few scam artists were as prolific as James.

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