SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Two men have pleaded guilty to filing false FEMA claims, both claiming to be the owners of the same vacant home damaged in the deadly Camp Fire.
Daniel Connelly, 55, from Forest Ranch, claimed the house was his primary residence and received a $2,663 payout. According to court documents, Connelly had vacated the Paradise residence months before the fire after a bank started eviction proceedings. Officials say at the time of the fire, the house was empty and up for sale.READ MORE: High School Graduate Helps Put Out House Fire On Commencement Night In Sacramento County
Patrick Prigmore, a 54-year-old from Redding, claimed he owned the same house and received $12,837 in payment for rental assistance and replacement of personal property. Prigmore also received approximately nine months of free housing in a FEMA trailer.READ MORE: Davis Police Seek Public's Help In Identifying Woman With Amnesia
Court documents reveal Prigmore had never lived at the Paradise address. He reportedly submitted counterfeit utility bills in his application for FEMA benefits.MORE NEWS: Sacramento County Resident Says Neighbor's 'Exotic' Backyard Bird Cries Incessantly
Both could face up to 30 years behind bars and fines up to $250,000.