Man sentenced for stealing thousands of dollars from FEMA
HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – A 42-year-old man has been sentenced to jail after authorities say he stole funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The Department of Homeland Security says that Robbie Rossi, formerly of Massachusetts and Nevada schemed FEMA out of more than $12,000. President Obama authorized FEMA to give disaster relief funds to residents, after a severe storm and tornado hit central Massachusetts on June 1, 2011. Authorities say that Rossi falsely represented where he lived. Officials say Rossi showed FEMA false documentation of rent payments to a house in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Authorities say Rossi received payments at several addresses that he told FEMA he lived at including a residence in Enfield, Connecticut.
Rossi was arrested in January of 2014 and over the summer he pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud. Rossi will now serve 18 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.