Hurricane Katrina web scammer arrested

October 4th, 2005

Bearing in mind that people are innocent until proven guilty, it's comforting and reassuring to see the net closing in on [tag]scam[/tag]mers that exploit human tragedy for their own personal gain.

A Florida man has been arrested and charged with four counts of fraud after receiving $40,000 (£22,700) in donations to fund mercy flights to the victims of [tag]Hurricane Katrina[/tag].

But Gary Kraser never made those fights even though he told visitors to his web site harrowing accounts of trips he had made.

According to his site, he was flying in medical supplies to the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina which hit Louisiana in August. He also said he was evacuating children and others who were in a critical medical condition.

The Register

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