HURRICANE KATRINA ID THIEF INDICTED BY FEDS
Former Louisiana resident, Shantell Moses, was charged with four counts by a federal grand jury for fraud and identity theft. The indictment alleges Ms. Moses fraudulently applied for disaster assistance funds from the American Red Cross on eleven (11) 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.
The indictment also alleges Ms. Moses was not a resident of an area affected by Katrina at the time the hurricane made landfall. Because she was not a resident of Louisiana, Ms. Moses did not have a valId Louisiana. Instead, she was obtained a fake id using the name “Tora Yvette Hodges” and a false Kenner, Louisiana address.