5 indicted for trying to defraud Dolly Parton’s ‘My People Fund’

(Courtesy: State of Tennessee)

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 My People Fund was created to help people who lost their homes and jobs in the wildfires last November. Those who qualified got up to $10,000 to help rebuild their lives.