Indictment alleges false disaster claim

Ralph B. Davisrdavis@civitasmedia.com

May 14, 2013

PIKEVILLE — A federal grand jury last week indicted a Magoffin County woman, accusing her a submitting a fraudulent disaster relief claim.

Tina Marie Bailey, who according to the indictment also goes by the last names of Watkins, Howard and Simpkins, is charged with a single count of submitting a false claim. She is accused of submitting a disaster assitance claim June 16, 2009, for a mobile home, although the trailer in question did not sustain any damage and she did not own it.

If convicted, Bailey faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and $250,000 in fines. She could also be ordered to repay any money she received from the claim.

Bailey has been ordered to appear May 24 before Magistrate Judge Edward Atkins, in U.S. District Court in Pikeville, to answer the indictment.