NEW ORLEANS — A Napoleonville woman pleaded guilty this week to charges she lied to a federal agent about owning a hurricane-damaged trailer for which she had collected $28,800 in hurricane recovery aid in 2008, federal prosecutors said Friday.
Cherkissa Jackson, 33, now faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, restitution and three years of supervised released after her plea Thursday before U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon in New Orleans, prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Jackson’s sentence has been set for 2 p.m. Sept. 1 before Fallon.
Prosecutors charged that Jackson filed a claim with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in September 2008 over the loss of the trailer from Hurricane Gustav, though Jackson had sold the trailer in January 2007.
Nearly 31/2 years after her application and after she received her check, Jackson lied to a special agent of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, prosecutors said.
She told the agent in February 2012 that she owned the trailer at 3342 Back Marais St., Napoleonville, when Gustav struck Sept. 1, 2008, prosecutors said.
Jackson was indicted in December 2014 on one count of lying to a federal agent and had been set for a June 6 trial before her plea Thursday.