A Galveston man will serve 27 months in prison for defrauding FEMA.
Houston jurors took three hours to convict Patrick Adolf Prendergast Jr., 53, after a five-day trial, the US Attorney's Office says. Friday, a judge gave Prendergast his prison sentence, plus a $13,167.25 fine and three years of supervised release.
Prendergast was charged in September 2011 and has been in custody ever since. In a statement, the USAO says:
"During the trial, the United States presented evidence from eight witnesses establishing that Prendergast submitted a FEMA Hurricane Ike claim on a house he did not actually own. As a result of the claim, Prendergast received approximately $14,000 from FEMA. Prendergast also received a $75,000 from the Community Development Block Grant to remodel the home, which belonged to his mother. The fraud was detected before the remodeling was complete. At trial, the defense failed to convince the jury that Prendergast did own the house and that it was all a mistake."