Sentencing set for Okolona man convicted of FEMA fraud

By The Associated Press

ABERDEEN — A Dec. 5 sentencing date has been set for an Okolona man who pleaded guilty to FEMA fraud.

Ronnie G. Beard pleaded guilty in the case in July in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen.

Beard was indicted in December 2011 on two counts that he lied and embezzled money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

He claimed a house in Okolona was his primary residence and was damaged during April 2011 storms.

He pleaded guilty to making a fraudulent application that the property qualified for disaster assistance.