Plea change hearing set in tornado aid case

By The Associated Press

OXFORD — Court records say a woman plans to plead guilty to lying about her primary residence to receive federal disaster aid after tornados hit Mississippi in April 2011.

Tamya H. Jones and Jevon O. Thomas were indicted last May on two counts each.

The indictment in the case says they claimed that a house in Sledge was their primary residence after a Presidential Disaster Declaration was issued on April 27, 2011. A serious of tornados had ripped across the South that month.

The court records say Jones and Thomas applied for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but lied about their primary residence.

They both pleaded not guilty.

A court filing Thursday set a change of plea hearing for Jones for Jan. 30.

Their trial was scheduled for March.