SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - A former American Red Cross volunteer was arrested Monday for allegedly defrauding the organization out of around $20,000.
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Wanda Perkins, 43, of Gulfport, reportedly created false claims of fires that destroyed homes in order to receive money from the charity.
"The initial information in this matter was developed through a routine review of our disaster services operations," said Marilynn Grossman, Regional Communications/Marketing Manager for the American Red Cross. "That information was turned over to the Mississippi Attorney General's Office who began an investigation into the matter. The Red Cross will cooperate fully with the investigation."
Perkins is charged with one count of false pretense, one count of mail and wire fraud and one count of credit card fraud.
She was booked at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center. If convicted, she faces up to 18 years behind bars.
"We hope people will continue to give to the American Red Cross as members of their local organization brought the matter to our attention and have been most cooperative with our investigation," said Hood.