Man allegedly pretended to be FEMA rep after Houston floods

Derron Skinner - Houston Police booking photo/houstontx.gov

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston police have arrested a man who allegedly posed as a federal worker to scam flood victims.

Police say Derron L. Skinner was arrested Thursday on a forgery charge. Court records don’t list an attorney to speak for Skinner, who’s free on $50,000 bond.

Police say Skinner pretended to be a Federal Emergency Management Agency employee, received claim information from some victims and told them to meet him at their banks. Skinner allegedly handed out checks, usually less than $1,000 each, for deposit via ATM.

Police say Skinner the next day met the victims again at their banks. The individuals withdrew significant amounts of money for alleged claim processing fees.

The checks from Skinner bounced.

FEMA on Friday warned flood victims about fraud, saying agency workers carry government identification and never ask for banking information.

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