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Former Red Cross Volunteer Charged with Fraud, Says Attorney General

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Biloxi, Miss– Attorney General Jim Hood says a Harrison County woman is behind bars for stealing about $20,000 from the American Red Cross. 

Wanda Perkins of Gulfport was making fake claims of house fires to get money from the American Red Cross in Harrison County, says the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division. Perkins is looking at charges of false pretense, mail fraud, wire fraud and credit card fraud.

The Attorney Genera’s Consumer Protection Division is still investigating the claims, and other volunteers have been cooperating with the agents.

“We hope people 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,” says Attorney General Jim Hood.

If Perkins is convicted of the crimes, she’s looking at 18 years in the pen. Perkins was brought in to the Harrison County Detention Center.

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