Woman Arrested for Alleged Fraud

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A Waynesboro woman has been charged with fraud for allegedly making a federal disaster claim for undamaged apartment she didn't live in, according to authorities.

The charge of making a false claim to the government carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Trena Reasor was arrested and released on a $10,000 bond Thursday. A trial date has not been set. She is fifth person to face charges of making fraudulent claims for federal disaster aid after Hurricane Katrina.

In a sworn affidavit, federal officials say the Postal Service in Jackson received several checks with non-deliverable addresses. One of the checks was intended for Reasor.

The next day, when postal inspectors attempted to verify the address, officials say Reasor told them her residence in the Fieldcrest Apartments had been damaged by flooding.

Inspectors then contacted the apartment manager, who told them that the complex did not suffer damage in the storm, officials say, and that Reasor had moved out of the complex several days before Katrina hit.

Reasor is being represented by federal public defender George Lucas. Lucas would not comment on the case.

Last week, federal authorities charged four other individuals, Bryan Michael Beets of Vicksburg and Ebony Hawkins, Henry Jerome Armstrong and Markqus Antonio Brown, all of Meridian, with making similar false claims to receive $2,000 from the government.