5 indicted for My People Fund grant scheme

WATE 6 On Your Side staff - SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) -- Five people were indicted after a court believed them to have committed fraud involving Sevier County wildfire relief efforts.

A court believes Chad Alan Chambers, Debra Catlett, Rococo Boscaglia, Ester Pridemore and Aimee Lyons created and/or facilitated a scheme to receive grant money for the Dollywood Foundation's My People Fund.

The suspects falsely gave the foundation information to receive financial help, including addresses belonging to other people. According to court documents, the suspects did not qualify to receive money from the foundation.

The Dollywood Foundation released a statement saying they have been "cooperating with the authorities who were conducting the fraud investigation for several months.  Today's court action is the next step within the judicial process. The Foundation will continue to cooperate as the case is adjudicated."

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