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former montgomery county justice of the peace indicted

A former Montgomery County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace and Conroe Realtor is charged by indictment with disaster fraud was arrested Monday morning in Conroe after authorities accused him of lying about having a primary residence in Galveston County to obtain a loan, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement.
James Warren Dinkins, 64, was accused of conspiring to obtain $120,000 in disaster relief funds by fraudulent means and for making false statements in connection with a benefit authorized through a presidentially declared disaster declaration, the office said.
A federal grand jury on Wednesday returned a five-count indictment. Dinkins was accused of filing applications for disaster benefits with the Small Business Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency after Hurricane Ike made landfall Sept. 13, 2008. Dinkins was accused of misrepresenting that his primary residence was in Galveston County. If convicted, Dinkins faces up to 30 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.

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