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Authorities in Northern California say a suspect is pleading guilty to theft of government property, specifically, FEMA benefits. Court documents allege 44-year-old Andrew Keffer of Chico falsely claimed that his primary residence had been destroyed in the 2018 Camp Fire. Prosecutors say he cashed the two checks issued to him knowing he was not a victim of the Camp Fire. Keffer is scheduled to be sentenced in August and could face up to ten years in prison and a fine of 250-thousand dollars. The federal government established a multi-agency anti-fraud unit after Hurricane Katrina. They now look into claims of fraud after any natural or man-made disaster.