For Immediate Release
|Date||September 21, 2005|
|Contact||Sergeant Leon Phillips|
Riverside, Ca- On September 19, 2005 at about
3:10 P. M., a male and female subject entered the Federal Emergency Management
Agency (F.E.M.A.) Hurricane Assistance Center located at 6221 Box Springs Blvd,
Riverside, CA. The center assists persons and families displaced by Hurricane
Katrina. The male and female identified themselves as a married couple and
claimed to have lost their recently purchased home in New Orleans, LA due to the
Hurricane Katrina disaster. They, each, completed F.E.M.A. and American Red
Cross applications for emergency assistance. The application would have allowed
them immediate access to combined funds in excess of $31,000.00. If undetected,
they would have become eligible for thousands more in relief aid. F.E.M.A.,
American Red Cross, and the Salvation Army are a few of the agencies that pay
these emergency funds.
Occupants in the Center recognized the couple as residents of Moreno Valley, CA. Riverside Police were called to the location based on the suspicion of fraud. Detectives from the Economic Crimes Unit arrived on scene to conduct the investigation and determined that the couple gave a false address as their home in Louisiana, and that they had not been affected by the hurricane.
Detectives arrested Antuan L. Moore, 35, of Moreno Valley and Patricia G. Noblitt, 22, of Moreno Valley for charges of attempted theft by false pretenses, 2nd degree burglary, and conspiracy to commit fraud. Both subjects were booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective Brian Money at (951) 320-8050.