Galveston Man Guilty Of Ike Housing Fraud

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A Southeast Texas man faces up to 30 years in prison over a Hurricane Ike scam involving a home belonging to his mother.

Prosecutors in Houston on Monday announced 54 year old Patrick Adolf Prendergast Jr. of Galveston has been convicted of fraud.

Investigators say Prendergast was indicted last September for knowingly submitting a claim for recovery assistance on a house he did not own. A jury late Friday convicted him in an investigation into payment of nearly $90,000 in disaster relief funds.

Officials say the house was his mother's second home and did not quality for Ike recovery funds. The son filed a claim pretending to the owner and resident of the home.

Prendergast remains in custody pending sentencing May 4.

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