November 4, 2005

And that’s not all they bought with FEMA and Red Cross money!

by @ 12:12 am. Filed under Nuts on Parade

You’ve heard about people using FEMA and Red Cross money to buy designer hand bags, strippers and other items. But the 3 men arrested here in Gwinnett County, GA were using the money for another type of discretionary item…..drugs!

I’m sure you suspected this might come up too, well now it has!

Red Cross Money Used for Drugs

Three New Orleans men arrested on drug charges at a Gwinnett County hotel told officers that they supported their drug habit with money from the American Red Cross and FEMA, police said.

When officers asked the three men how they could afford to stay at the hotel, they responded that they obtained free hotels rooms easily just by displaying a Louisiana identification. One of the men, 20-year-old Michael Joseph Sanson, stated that he had a fraudulent i.d. card, according to police. He also had $600 that he said was obtained from the Red Cross.

A second suspect, 23-year-old Gary Lee Leonard, told authorities he had two hotel rooms and one home in Stone Mountain. He said he supported his $20-a-day drug habit with money from FEMA and the Red Cross but that he needed the money to “start over.” Leonard stated that he and others like him deserved the money because they are from New Orleans.

Sanson, Leonard, and 22-year-old Ronald Michael Claude have been charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana, and one felony count of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute. They are being held in jail without bond as police work to see if they can be charged with any other crimes.

Well I’m sure they feel your Red Cross donation and tax dollars went to a good place, their dope habit! It’s helping them to “start over” 🙄 ….

update (11/5/2005 3:14PM ET): More details from The Gwinnett Daily Post:

(emphasis added at some points)

After noticing a small amount of marijuana in plain view inside the motel room, investigators secured the room and got a search warrant. Officers looked through the room and found an unspecified quantity of cocaine packaged for individual sale, said Officer Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.

All the men bragged about how easy it is to obtain free rooms simply by displaying a Louisiana identification card.
?Apparently all they do is show the Louisiana ID, and the motel gives them a room and sends the bill to FEMA,? Moloney said, referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Leonard was the most vocal of the group, Moloney said. He reportedly boasted to police that he had two hotel rooms and a house to reside in. Leonard said he didn?t want to stay at the house because his relatives live there.

Police asked Leonard if he thought it was right to use federal money to pay for drugs and hotel rooms. Leonard replied ?he and others like him deserve this money because they are from New Orleans,? and ?because the government is paying for everything, it is all right,? Moloney said.

Last month, U.S. Attorney David Nahmias said his office in Atlanta has prosecuted two people for defrauding the government to obtain funds for Hurricane Katrina victims. The proliferation of such cases has prompted the creation of a Hurricane Katrina Task Force, a U.S. attorney-led coalition of federal agencies designed to deter, investigate and prosecute disaster related federal crimes such as charity fraud and insurance fraud.

Well I’m just happy they were caught in my county. Because I will enjoy my tax dollars being used to keep them behind bars! Given they’ve already abused my Federal tax dollars! I gave to the Salvation Army, but don’t worry you Red Cross donors. We’ll take really good care of these 3 😉 . Our DA Danny Porter does not mess around!

update (11/6/2005 4:07PM ET): Blogger Thoughts by Seawitch shows what good people affected by the hurricanes are doing with the money.

The Political Teen linked with Your Donations Hard at Work

7 Responses to “And that’s not all they bought with FEMA and Red Cross money!”

  1. Michelle Malkin Says:


    FEMA and Red Cross money was used to support evacuees’ drug habits….

  2. The Political Teen » Your Donations Hard at Work Says:

    […] (via Independent Conservative) Three New Orleans men arrested on drug charges at a Gwinnett County hotel told officers that they supported their drug habit with money from the American Red Cross and FEMA, police said. […]

  3. Independent Sources Says:

    FEMAle enhancement or Boob RECONSTRUCTION?

    More Hurricane Katrina Debit Card Abuse
    Syndicated radio talk show host Neal Boortz says FEMA debit cards were also used to pay for breast implants. While that particular assertion stands as unconfirmed at the moment, Independent Sources was not goin…

  4. Independent Sources Says:

    Evacuees Finally Get Much Delayed Booze and Strippers

    After FEMAs painfully slow response, Katrina evacuees are just now getting access to much-needed booze and lap dances.

    The Boston Herald is reporting that

    On Oct. 5, the Herald observed a virtual parade of evacuees from a bus stop in the Wal-Ma…

  5. AirborneVet Says:

    That’s why I only donated to groups that helped animals left behind. Screw the people! You can’t trust ’em and they should have evacuated in the first place!

  6. Independent Conservative Says:

    Criminal evacuees take their crime to other cities!

    You can take a thug out of the hood, but you can’t take the hood out of the thug!

  7. Independent Conservative Says:

    FEMA Abuse by Supposed Katrina and Rita Victims. Divorces, Sex Changes, Football Tickets, Booze, Island Vacations and More!

    The abuse of FEMA funds was used for things I would never have imagined.

    FEMA Funds Spent on Divorce, Sex Change

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Houston divorce lawyer Mark Lipkin says he can’t recall anyone paying for his services with a FEMA debit c…

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