Fayetteville man accused of swindling Red Cross
Posted June 13, 2013
Fayetteville, N.C. — Cumberland County authorities arrested a Fayetteville man Thursday on charges that he scammed the Red Cross out of $283.
David Lee Skipper, 23, formerly of 2517 Pinecrest Drive, was charged with obtaining property by false pretense. He was being held in the Cumberland County jail under a $15,000 bond.
Fire investigators with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office say Skipper told volunteers at the Highland Chapter of the Red Cross on May 15 that the home where he lived with his mother and two siblings had burned down. The Red Cross paid him $283 for food and two hotel rooms for two nights, authorities said.
Investigators said the home where Skipper had lived did burn on May 12, but he and his family were evicted three months earlier.