Riverside Police Department Press Release

 

For Immediate Release

Date September 21, 2005
Contact Sergeant Leon Phillips
Phone (951) 320-8061
     

 

Katrina Relief Fraud

 

                        

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.