Galveston man guilty of Ike housing fraud

February 13, 2012 8:26:44 AM PST
A Galveston man faces up to 30 years in prison over a Hurricane Ike scam involving a home belonging to his mother.

Prosecutors in Houston on Monday announced 54-year-old Patrick Adolf Prendergast Jr. has been convicted of fraud.

Investigators say Prendergast was indicted last September for knowingly submitting a claim for recovery assistance on a house he did not own. A jury late Friday convicted him in an investigation into payment of nearly $90,000 in disaster relief funds.

Officials say the house was his mother's second home and did not quality for Ike recovery funds. The son filed a claim pretending to the owner and resident of the home.

Prendergast remains in custody pending sentencing May 4.