SLIDELL WOMAN SENTENCED FOR DEFRAUDING AMERICAN RED CROSS
STACIE M. DAWSON, age 47, a resident of Slidell, Louisiana, was sentenced in federal court today in front of U. S. District Judge Stanwood R. Duval Jr. to four (4) months imprisonment after pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. In addition, DAWSON was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $7,860.00 to the American Red Cross and serve three (3) years of supervised release during which time she will be under federal supervision and risks additional imprisonment should she violate any terms of the release.
According to court documents, the Red Cross made disaster assistance money of up to $1565 available to those affected by the hurricanes of 2005 on a one-time only basis. DAWSON admitted that she applied for and received disaster assistance funds from the Red Cross up to 7 times between September 9, 2005, and October 6, 2005. DAWSON repeatedly applied for these funds throughout the early fall of 2005, each time indicating that she had not yet received any money from the Red Cross. In all, DAWSON fraudulently obtained $7,860.00 from the American Red Cross.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Jordan Ginsberg.
If you believe you have been a victim of fraud from a person or an organization soliciting relief funds on behalf of storm victims or have knowledge of waste, abuse, or allegations of mismanagement involving disaster relief operations, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud toll free at: (866) 720-5721. You can also fax information to: (225) 334-4707 or e-mail it to: firstname.lastname@example.org