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by Janice Brand

Red Cross Volunteer Alleged to Steal Katrina Aid

Dec 08, 20051 min
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

A Red Cross volunteer in Texas and his sister were arrested on Tuesday on charges of stealing more than 100 debit cards from the charity to obtain goods fraudulently, The New York Times reported.

The alleged plot that may have cost the Red Cross more than $230,000 donated for Hurricane Katrina victims, the newspaper reported. The volunteer, Brian Hines, and his sister, Charmaine Hines, were each charged with using the stolen Red Cross debit cards, according to the United States attorney’s office in Dallas. The stolen cards were used to buy jewelry, cars, clothing, shoes and other items the Hineses sometimes gave as gifts, the authorities said.