The Norman Transcript

November 14, 2013

Oklahoma teen indicted for disaster benefits fraud

Associated Press
The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — A federal grand jury has indicted an 18-year-old Moore resident for disaster benefits fraud involving a massive tornado that struck Moore in May.

U.S. Attorney Sanford Coats says Blake Lynn Self is charged in an indictment unsealed Thursday. Federal court records do not list an attorney for Self.

The indictment alleges Self submitted a false claim for monetary benefits to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It says Self told a FEMA inspector his primary residence when the May 20 tornado struck was a house in Moore when, in fact, it was not his primary home.

The indictment is the second returned this month for disaster fraud connected to the Moore tornado. If convicted, Self faces up to 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and payment of restitution.