Posted: Jan 27, 2012 8:40 AM by AP
Updated: Jan 27, 2012 9:56 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 37-year-old New Orleans woman has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for mail fraud and identity theft committed after Hurricane Katrina.
U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office said Thursday that Shantell Moses was also ordered to pay $16,915 in restitution to the American Red Cross.
According to court documents, Moses fraudulently applied for disaster assistance from the Red Cross on 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.
Court records show that Moses was not a resident in an area hit by the hurricane, and got a fraudulent Louisiana identification card to apply for the funds.