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Two Joplin Men Sentenced for Disaster Fraud

Andy Brownlee and Leslie L. Williams were each sentenced to two years in federal prison without parole.
SPRINGFIELD, MO--- Andy Eric Brownlee, 32, and Leslie Lynn Williams, 54, both of Joplin, were sentenced in separate appearances before U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Brownlee and Williams were each sentenced to two years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Brownlee to pay $2,750 in restitution and ordered Williams to pay $1,196 in restitution.

In March 2013, Williams pleaded guilty in federal court to fraudulently receiving federal disaster benefits following the May 22, 2011 tornado. Williams admitted that he filed for disaster relief, listing a Joplin address as his primary residence and claimed that it had been damaged by the tornado. He hadn't lived at the address since February 2011.

In August 2013, Brownlee admitted to knowingly making false states to FEMA representative in order to receive disaster assistance. Brownlee claimed to be living at the Lazarus Ministries Halfway House, even though he had moved out prior to the tornado.



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