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2005 News Releases

September 14, 2005
For More Information Contact:
Officer Katherine Finnell, Public Information Officer, 441-7226

Arrest made in Red Cross Relief Fund Fraud

The Lincoln Police Department received a report of a fraud from the American Red Cross, Lincoln Chapter on tuesday morning, September 13th. The police department has arrested Dana B. Thompson, age 32, for misdemeanor theft by deception.

Dana Thompson fraudulently obtained a debit card for $965.00 from the local Red Cross Chapter on monday, September 12th, after reporting to them that she was a victim of Hurricane Katrina. Dana Thompson does have identification which shows her being a resident of Hattiesburg Mississippi and showed this to the Red Cross as well as telling them that she had her three children with her and they fled the state after having all of their belongings destroyed in the disaster.

The Red Cross got an anonymous phone call from a resident of the City Mission in Lincoln where Dana Thompson was staying who knew that Thompson had been in Lincoln Nebraska for several weeks and had no need for relief. The investigation revealed that although Dana Thompson was originally a resident of Hattiesburg Mississippi, she has been living at the Peoples City Mission in Lincoln since August 8, 2005 and does not have her children with her and her belongings are in Mississippi where they are in storage and were not damaged during the storm. Dana Thompson had spent $281.52 on the debit card before the Red Cross deactivated it and she was contacted by police.

The Lincoln Police Department continues to warn our citizens to be on the lookout for frauds that are perpetrated after disasters and to report any incidents to police.

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