Hurricane Rita Fraud – Bob Allen Hayes, Jr. Sentenced to Prison

Every choice has a consequence. Seems that some people feel that major disasters are the open door to make choices that they otherwise might not make. Perhaps this is the case with Bob Allen Hayes, Jr. who plead guilty to making false statements to FEMA when he applied for disaster relief.

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Hayes, a 32 year old Houston, Texas man was sentenced to 6 months in federal prison and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $19,784.27.

According to the US Attorney’s office: Hayes claimed his primary residence in Port Arthur, Texas sustained damage during Hurricane Rita in September 2005. Hayes also claimed his personal property sustained damage during the hurricane. In fact, Hayes did not live at the residence in Port Arthur during the storm and did not suffer losses which entitled him to receive FEMA assistance. An investigation revealed that the residence in question was owned by the Port Author Housing Authority and was vacant at the time of the storm. Hayes fraudulently received approximately $20,000.00 in disaster related assistance for his claims.

Every choice has a consequence. As a white collar crime and business ethics speaker, I speak from first hand experience about the truth about consequences. Reality is – no one escapes the consequences of their choices. While Hayes avoided the consequences for a time – he did not avoid the consequences all together. Prison is no fun and will prove to be a dramatic change from his prior activities. You do reap what you sow.

If anyone reading has any background on Hayesfeel free to comment as I study the behaviors and backgrounds of those convicted of white collar crime.

White Collar Crime Speaker – Chuck Gallagher – signing off…

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