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Maryland man accused of defrauding FEMA relief funds

Posted: 5:57 PM, Sep 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-18 21:57:17Z

Utilizing Green Dot pre-paid debit cards, a Maryland man was part of a larger fraud scheme that claimed more than $8 million in funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a federally filed affidavit said.

The affidavit claims 30-year-old Tare Stanley Okirika violated and conspired to violate Federal criminal statues for wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

The scheme was perpetrated between June 24, 2017 and Aug. 1, 2018.

Using a series of the prepaid cards, Okirika used stolen identities to file fraudulent claims for hurricane victims in Georgia, Florida, and Texas. The affidavit charges Okirika with collecting $102,500 on the cards.