Hammond woman charged with fraud linked to Katrina
A 24-year-old Hammond woman has been charged in a bill of information with mail fraud related to applications she made to the American Red Cross for help after Hurricane Katrina.
The disaster relief agency provided up to $1,565 to those affected by the 2005 storm on a one-time only basis.
The bill of information alleges that Christy Alexander, on three occasions between September 2005 and October 2005, applied for and received $2,830 that she was not entitled to.
If convicted, Alexander faces up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, restitution to the Red Cross and three years of supervised release.