JOPLIN, MO.--- A Joplin man pleads guilty to defrauding a nonprofit group out of thousands after the May 2011 tornado. John Williams, formerly of Joplin, plead guilty to wire fraud in federal court today. Williams defrauded nearly $9,000 from a rental assistance program offered by the economic security corporation. He claimed to be a landlord on two different applications submitted to the program asking for financial aid. William could face a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison without parole, and a $250,000 fine.
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