WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO DEFRAUDING THE AMERICAN RED CROSS IN THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE KATRINA
QUIANA SELDERS, a/k/a Quiana Bridges, a/k/a Quiana Bridges-Selders, age 35, a resident of Hammond, Louisiana, pled guilty today in federal court before U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman to a one count bill of information charging her with wire fraud, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to court documents, SELDERS admitted that she fraudulently applied for disaster assistance funds from the American Red Cross on six (6) separate occasions between September and October 2005. The Red Cross made disaster assistance funds of up to $1,565 available to those affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 on a one-time only basis. In all, according to court documents, SELDERS fraudulently obtained $7,590 from the American Red Cross.
The single count carries a maximum penalty of twenty years imprisonment, three years supervised release, a $250,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment. Sentencing has been set for July 28, 2010.
The case was being investigated by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Matt Chester.
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