Dozens charged over Katrina fraud
Forty-nine people are facing criminal charges over their involvement in a scheme to steal Red Cross funds meant for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Many of those indicted worked at a Red Cross call centre in California and are accused of helping family and friends make false claims for relief money.
The FBI was brought in to investigate after the Red Cross noticed an unusual number of payments made in the area.
An estimated $500,000 (£291,000) was stolen through the scheme.
The US Justice Department says the number of people charged could rise.
None of those indicted worked directly for the American Red Cross, officials said, but had been employed by subcontractors to staff the call centres.
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