Palo Alto police arrested Dante Jackson, 31, of East Palo Alto on Thursday, charging him with posing as a resident of New Orleans to get relief money from the Palo Alto Area Chapter of the American Red Cross in September 2005.
People posing falsely as refugees from hurricane-ravaged New Orleans received relief checks of between $600 and $1,500, Philip said.
"In order to get financial assistance, the suspects simply had to provide their name and an address of a residence located within the disaster area," Philip said. "The American Red Cross immediately changed their application procedures when this fraudulent activity was discovered."
Philip said that Red Cross officials became suspicious when applications for financial assistance "began to increase at a dramatic rate" a month after the hurricane flooded New Orleans.
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