A Baton Rouge man has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $26,000 in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds earmarked for victims of the catastrophic August 2016 flooding in the area, acting U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson said Thursday.

Courtney D. Hickman, 42, filed a fraudulent claim with FEMA seeking disaster assistance funds for a home in the city that he claimed was his primary residence at the time of the storm, but Hickman lived elsewhere and was renting his home to a tenant, Amundson said.

Hickman pleaded guilty to theft of government funds, said Amundson, acting executive director of the National Center for Disaster Fraud. He does not have a sentencing date.

The toll-free National Disaster Fraud Hotline is (866) 720-5721, he said. Information can be faxed to the National Center for Disaster Fraud at (225) 334-4707 or emailed to

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