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Hotel Manager Frauds FEMA; Blames Tumors

March 3, 2006 at 4:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's Friday! Here's a wacky but true hotel story!

A Houston jury has indicted Daniel Yeh, operator of Galveston's Flagship Hotel on 22 counts of wire fraud and 17 counts of false claims against the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Yeh enrolled in the hurricane relief program, and gave FEMA the bills for guests who were lodging for free including friends and hotel employees. He even talked some of his wife's coworkers to stay for free, well for FEMA. $232,000 of claims later, he's on trial.

But this is Texas, and there's always some crazy twist to law bending. In this case it's a brain tumor.

Yeah has recently undergone brain surgery to remove 3 tumors, and his lawyer argues was not, and is not mentally  competent. And three doctors agree.

But somehow Yeh managed to pull himself together to send FEMA a $250,000 check when federal agents confiscated files and computers from his home.

He's like the James Frey of hotel operators except the role of Oprah is being played by FEMA.

Related Stories:
·  Galveston's Flagship Hotel operator indicted [Houston Chronicle]