Katrina Evacuees Charged With Fraud
Five Hurricane Katrina evacuees from Mississippi were charged Friday with stealing $10,000 in extra relief funds from a local chapter of the American Red Cross. The five, all relatives, were charged with either stealing or forging Red Cross voucher forms, then cashing them at Envision FCU and the CU Service Center. The money was allegedly used to buy clothes, beer, cigarettes and a used Pontiac Montana minivan. The Red Cross said five of the vouchers had been stolen and another five were forged. For example, one was made out for $305 and changed to $1,305.