NAPOLEONVILLE — A federal grand jury indicted a Napoleonville woman Thursday on charges she lied to a federal agent in 2012 about the loss of her trailer during Hurricane Gustav four years earlier.
Cherkissa Jackson, 42, collected nearly $30,000 in post-hurricane federal assistance on the trailer that she said was lost in the storm, though she actually sold the trailer more than a year and a half earlier, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
Jackson was charged with one count of making false statements and faces up to a five-year prison sentence and a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted, federal prosecutors said.
Jackson applied for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the loss of her trailer two days after Gustav struck Louisiana on Sept. 1, 2008.
She received a wire transfer for $28,800 nearly two months later, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Orleans said in a news release.
In February 2012, Jackson lied to a special agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General about the loss of her trailer at 3342 Back Marais St., Napoleonville.
Investigators found a bill of sale showing she sold it Jan. 6, 2007, prosecutors said.