HAMMOND MAN SENTENCED FOR STEALING RED CROSS FUNDS
TERRANCE JACKSON, age 31, a resident of Hammond, Louisiana, was sentenced yesterday in federal court by Judge Kurt Engelhardt to four months in prison for wire fraud relating to a fraudulent application he made to the American Red Cross for financial assistance during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.
Additionally, Judge Engelhardt ordered JACKSON to be placed on three (3) years of supervised release following his prison term, during which time the defendant will be under federal supervision and risks an additional term of imprisonment should he violate any terms of his supervised release. JACKSON was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1565 to the American Red Cross.
According to court documents, on October 5, 2009, JACKSON submitted a fraudulent application to the Red Cross for disaster assistance funds. Based on the fraudulent application, JACKSON obtained $1,565 from the American Red Cross that he was not entitled to.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of investigation, and was prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Spiro Latsis.
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