HAMMOND WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO DEFRAUDING AMERICAN RED CROSS
CHRISTY ALEXANDER, age 25, a resident of Hammond, LA, pled guilty in federal court yesterday before U. S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon to one count of mail fraud relating to fraudulent applications for financial assistance that she submitted to the American Red Cross, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to court documents, ALEXANDER applied for and received disaster assistance funds from the American Red Cross three times. The 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. ALEXANDER admitted that she applied for these funds three times throughout the early fall of 2005, indicating that she had not yet received any money at all from the Red Cross. In all, ALEXANDER fraudulently obtained $2,830 from the American Red Cross.
ALEXANDER faces a possible maximum sentence of twenty (20) years imprisonment, a $250,0000 fine, restitution to the American Red Cross, and three (3) years of supervised release following imprisonment. Sentencing has been scheduled for January 20, 2011.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U. S. Attorney Sharan E. Lieberman.
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