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Buffalo woman charged with stealing hurricane victims personal info, obtaining $4,900 loan for dog

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Posted at 11:42 AM, Oct 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-11 08:09:24-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A 32-year-old Buffalo woman has been charged with stealing hurricane victims personal information and using it in turn to obtain thousands of dollars in loans.

Prosecutors say Keonna Davis worked as a disaster recovery specialist for the United States Small Business Administration (SBA). Davis had direct access to applicant's personal information and stole the identities of multiple disaster relief loan applicants. She attempted to obtain a $4,900 loan for a French bulldog, $15,000 loan for plastic surgery, and a $35,000 personal loan.

“The SBA worked closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York during the investigation. Any allegations of fraud impacting the well-being of disaster survivors and the SBA are aggressively investigated.”
Jim Billimoria - SBA Associate Administrator for Public Liaison

The SBA gives low-interest disaster relief to businesses and homeowners affected by hurricanes.

Davis is charged with wire fraud, mail fraud, and aggravated identity theft. She faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.