HAMMOND WOMAN SENTENCED FOR DEFRAUDING THE AMERICAN RED CROSS
TAMMY HICKERSON, age 43, a resident of Ponchatoula, Louisiana was sentenced today in federal court by U. S. District Court Judge Ivan L. R. Lemelle to sixty (60) months probation for wire fraud relating to fraudulent applications she made to the Red Cross for financial assistance during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. Additionally, the court ordered HICKERSON pay restitution in the amount of $9,390.00 to the Red Cross.
According to the court documents, 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 HICKERSON previously admitted that she presented herself to the American Red Cross on ten occasions during a six week period in the fall of 2005, each time claiming she had not received assistance. Based on her applications, HICKERSON fraudulently obtained $9,390.00 from the American Red Cross.
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