The Oddly Named Patrick Adolf Prendergast Jr. Ripped off FEMA, Jury Rules
Ein volk, ein Reich, ein FEMA.
Desecrating the name of Adolf, a man named Patrick Adolf Prendergast Jr. has been convicted of ripping off FEMA in the wake of Hurricane Ike, the U.S. Attorney's Office has announced.
And his parents had such high hopes for him when they gave him his middle name.
Prendergast, 54, was convicted of receiving $14,000 from FEMA for repairing an Ike-damaged home he didn't own, and of getting another $75,000 from the Community Development Block Grant to remodel the home.
The home actually belonged to his mother, so maybe it was revenge for the whole "Adolf" thing.
"At trial, the defense failed to convince the jury that Prendergast did own the house and that it was all a mistake," prosecutors said.
Prendergast has been in federal custody since his arrest on September 21, 2011, and he'll stay there until his sentencing in May. He faces a maximum statutory penalty of up to 30 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000.
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