Woman Charged with Defrauding American Red Cross February 26, 2010Posted by jefhenninger in News.
Tags: Fraud, mail fraud
With any disaster, you just know that there will be fraud. Years from now, we will hear about all of the fraud connected to the earthquake in Haiti. Years after Hurricane Katrina, we are just now hearing about:
CHRISTY ALEXANDER, age 24, a resident of Hammond, LA, who is charged in a one-count bill of information with mail fraud relating to fraudulent applications she made to the American Red Cross for financial assistance during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
According to the bill of information, the American Red Cross made disaster assistance money of up to $1,565 available to those affected by the hurricanes of 2005 on a one-time only basis. The bill alleges that on three occasions between September 2005 and October 2005, ALEXANDER applied for and received disaster assistance funds from the Red Cross and based on these fraudulent applications, she obtained $2,830 from the American Red Cross that she was not entitled to.
Kind of a low money case for the Federal Government to be concerned with in my opinion. However, she sure picked the wrong event (Katrina) to involve herself with because it gets headlines which makes it easy for the Government to get involved.