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49 People Accused of Bilking Red Cross

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posted on Dec, 28 2005 @ 02:07 PM

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The number of people indicted in a scheme that bilked thousands of dollars from a Red Cross fund designated for Hurricane Katrina victims has risen to 49, federal authorities said.

The fake claims drained at least $200,000 from the fund, with an average payout of about $1,000, Red Cross spokeswoman Devorah Goldburg said. The total could rise as the investigation continues, she said.

This really doesn't amaze me. During a time of needing people get greedy and think to take as much as they can from those who need it most. National disasters, like Hurricane Katrina, really bring out those people who don't mind stealing whatever they can get.

I know that the call centers don't have time to run background checks on it's 1,200 employees, but they should have atleast had some sort of anti-fraud system before they handed out the money.

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