May 27, 2010 7:51 AM by Sharlee Jacobs
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 27-year-old Hammond woman has pleaded
guilty in federal court to defrauding the American Red Cross.
Keyona Dalton pleaded guilty to making fraudulent applications
for financial assistance during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
According to court documents, the Red Cross made disaster
assistance money of up to $1,565 available to those affected by the
hurricanes of 2005 on a one-time only basis. Dalton admitted that
on four occasions between Sept. 16, 2005 and Oct. 6, 2005, she
applied for and received disaster assistance from the Red Cross,
each time representing that she had not received help in the past.
Dalton illegally obtained $3,495.
Dalton faces up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and up to
three years probation. Sentencing is set for Sept. 2.