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Man Who Took Over $1.2 Million In FEMA Grant Money Sentenced To One Year In Prison

A Dunsmuir man who pleaded guilty to ripping $1.2 Million of FEMA money has been sentenced to a fraction of what he could’ve gotten. Between 2013 and 2018, 40-year-old Samuel Thomas Lanier submitted false reimbursement requests to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to tap grant money awarded to Siskiyou and Shasta County Fire Chiefs Associations that was intended for recruiting and training new firefighters. The grants of One Million Dollars each were awarded to assure that communities have adequate fire protection by maintaining 24 hour staffing. Lanier ran two companies in Dunsmuir hired by the Fire Chiefs Associations to administer the grants. Investigators found that Lanier submitted reimbursement requests for goods and services that were never delivered. Lanier pleaded in 2019 to 7 counts of major fraud against the federal government. He could have faced up to 10 years in federal prison and a $10 Million fine. On Monday he was sentenced to one year and one day in prison. A restitution hearing will be held in December.