BEAUMONT, Texas – A Texas woman who stole a Hurricane Rita travel trailer and resold it has pleaded guilty to theft of government property.
The U.S. Attorney's office in Beaumont on Tuesday announced the plea by 44-year-old Shelley Jerie Dewitt of Vidor.
Dewitt faces up to 10 years in prison. No sentencing date has been set.
Rita hit southeast Texas and Louisiana in September 2005.
Dewitt in 2007 pretended to be a Federal Emergency Management Agency contractor removing FEMA trailers that were no longer needed. Those trailers were used as housing following Rita.
Investigators said Dewitt took an $11,000 travel trailer from an RV park in Silsbee and sold it to an unsuspecting buyer. The trailer was recovered.