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Baton Rouge woman pleads guilty to mail fraud

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Posted: Feb 26, 2010 5:11 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Baton Rouge, mail, fraud, Hurricane Katrina, American Red Cross, guilty, plea

Federal prosecutors say a 26-year-old Baton Rouge woman has pleaded guilty to defrauding the American Red Cross during the catastrophic hurricane season in 2005.

Shanda Moore pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to one count of mail fraud.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says Moore submitted fraudulent applications for financial assistance to the American Red Cross between September and October 2005.

At the time, the Red Cross was giving hurricane victims on a one-time-basis up to $1,565, but Moore submitted eight applications and got $8,490.

She faces up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and restitution to the relief agency.

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