Nine arrested in scheme for Katrina relief

first_imgBAKERSFIELD – Nine people allegedly involved in an scheme to steal American Red Cross funds meant for Hurricane Katrina relief were arrested shortly after federal authorities announced a second round of indictments in the case. Seven people were arrested in Bakersfield late Thursday and Friday, and two surrendered to authorities, according to FBI spokeswoman Karen Ernst. McGregor W. Scott announced Thursday the indictments of 15 people, accused of submitting or collecting on fake claims through a Katrina relief call center in Bakersfield. Some of the suspects were employees at the call center, and the rest knew an employee at the center. A total of 30 people have been indicted on wire fraud charges in the alleged scheme. Of those, 10 remain at large, Ernst said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Weeklast_img

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