AUSTIN (KXAN) - A grandmother from Bastrop was sentenced to five years probation and 100 hours of community service after admitting in she made a false claim to FEMA for disaster assistance aid after the 2011 wildfires.
She'll also have to pay the government $30,200 in restitution.
Ginger Roe was sentenced after making a plea deal with federal prosecutors. She was indicted Dec. 4, more than a year after the devastating fires in September 2011. The fires in Bastrop County killed two people, burned 1,691 homes and businesses and caused $325 million in property damage.
Attorney Frank Ivy would not comment on the case but told KXAN, "I think this is very very painful for her to accept how she deceived."
Roe, a grandmother in her 60s, applied for FEMA aid after the flames ravaged her property at 120 Harmon Road. The property is part of the Forest lane subdivision - small rectangle of land that cuts into the south end of Bastrop State Park.
KXAN first visited Roe's one-acre plot last January. The ugly scars of the fires still showed plainly.
Before the fires Ginger Roe ran a daycare here called Kidz Kountry. But she claimed she lived there, too. The federal indictment stated she actually resided ‘at a different location.'
Roe's current address is unlisted. But her name along with a daughter's is on ownership documents for a separate 24-hour daycare business, about nine miles away.
A former neighbor of Roe's told KXAN off camera last January, before the Kidz Kountry property burned, Roe had worked hard on it.
"It looked nice on the outside, she had play equipment," the woman said. "She (Roe) was also improving it, adding little playscapes, little gardens."
Google Earth images from Harmon Street still show the treed property as it was before the fires. Visible at the front of the acre lot are kids' toys and play structures.
The property is listed in Bastrop County appraisal reports as residential with a mobile home added in 1995. Its 2013 conversion deed holder is listed as Nancy G Roe. When KXAN visited in January the property with a listed value of $17,052 was for sale.
Roe is not the first person to be sentenced for a charge of making false statements to the US government in the wake of the 2011 wildfires.
In May, Manuel Hernandez received five years' probation and was ordered to pay $30,200 dollars restitution.
A third man, Roy Albert McDougald Jr. of Spicewood also pleaded guilty to similar charges. He's due to be sentenced next month. .
The maximum sentence for making and presenting a false claim to the federal government is five years in prison and a fine.
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