A plea agreement is in the works for one of the eight people indicted last month by a federal grand jury on disaster fraud charges.
A motion filed today in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, by Joplin lawyer Tina Longnecker asks for a delay of the pretrial conference scheduled for next week for her client, Amber Nicole Peters.
The delay, the motion indicates, is needed for two reasons. Ms. Longnecker has a conflict with a child custody case she is involved with in Newton County that day and additional time is needed for "discussion of a plea agreement."
Ms. Peters, 22, was indicted on one count of disaster fraud and two counts of making false statements to FEMA. She allegedly told FEMA officials between May 28 and September 26 that she lived at 2426 S. Picher Street, when that was not the case.