A warrant was issued late last week for 26-year-old Benjamin White on charges of theft by deception and falsification.
According to an affidavit filed by the East Palestine Police Department, between June 15 and July 24, White received $16,092.76 for lodging and food from a program that Norfolk Southern set up for displaced residents.
Investigators say White provided fictitious hotel receipts to Norfolk, did not live in East Palestine and used a fictitious address to receive the money.
Both charges are felonies, and the severity is based on the amount of money that was taken. The theft by deception charge is a fourth-degree felony, and the falsification charge is a fifth-degree felony.