A federal grand jury in Connecticut has returned an indictment charging a 41-year-old man with fraudulently securing federal assistance by claiming that he was a victim of a series of tornadoes that killed four people and destroyed more than 1,400 homes in central and western Massachusetts.
Angie Guerrero died while shielding her daughter in the bathtub of their West Springfield home last year.
One year ago, a series of tornadoes swept through Central and Western Massachusetts killing three and causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.
As the anniversary of four destructive tornadoes arrives, parts of Massachusetts are still undergoing a facelift.
Massachusetts officials say last June’s tornadoes caused about $200 million in damage to insured personal and commercial property.
The Monson planning board is considering changes to allow trailers on emergency lots in the future, even if it won’t help families now.
“Under the circumstances, it’s a blessing that there haven’t been more people hurt,” Gov. Deval Patrick told WBZ-TV Thursday.
The small town of Monson, southwest of Worcester on the Connecticut border, was devastated by Wednesday’s tornadoes.