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Florida man sentenced to 3 years for lying about Hurricane Irma damage

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Rescue workers, left, search a neighborhood for flood victims as a man on a kayak down the street after Hurricane Irma brought floodwaters to Jacksonville, Fla. Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

A Florida man who pleaded guilty in December to disaster assistance fraud has been sentenced to three years in federal prison on Monday.

Reports say 49-year-old Steven Rembert lied about damage caused by Hurricane Irma. An indictment says Rembert falsified records concerning his primary residence in September 2017 when submitting an application for assistance to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Hurricane Irma struck Florida in September 2017, causing about $50 billion in damage throughout the state.