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Fayetteville man accused of swindling Red Cross

Posted June 13, 2013

— 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.


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  • Terkel Jun 14, 2013

    I'm disgusted at all the posters here saying this was OK. If you think the RC is a ripoff, whatever form that takes in your mind, don't donate to them. Who are you to say it was OK for this loser to steal from ANYONE? Did you type your comment from work? If so you ripped off your employer and anyone can now steal from you.

  • friskymonkey2 Jun 13, 2013

    Seriously! They arrested this guy over an amount that's less than 300.00? They won't go after major crimes but, God forbid, someone takes money from an organization that spends that much on a lunch for their execs. Money crimes seem to take more of a higher tier than others in this day and age. Guarantee you this guy and his family probably doesn't have a pot to **** in or a window to throw it out of. We are seeing a degradation of society when money crimes supersede people crimes.

  • tge358 Jun 13, 2013

    The Red Cross is not for the needy - it supports everyone at the local level if disaster strikes. They do not discriminate.

  • tge358 Jun 13, 2013

    Iwe1967, you were not dealing with the AMERICAN Red Cross, it was the Intl Red Cross. But you are correct about the organization not giving 100% to those in need. I am a little surprised that a Disaster Assessment wasn't done before the assistance was given out. But, the good news is they caught that scammer.

  • djofraleigh Jun 13, 2013

    Why did the Red Cross not just try to verify the story before money changing hands. -- comment

    You're asking for red tape during an emergency! Apparently they later did fact check and held the man responsible and accountable for his criminal action.

  • djofraleigh Jun 13, 2013

    This guy stole from the needy, from the poor box, so to speak.

  • horizonconststephanie Jun 13, 2013

    This guy is ridiculous!! And why wouldn't the Red Cross have him arrested? Regardless of your opinion of the organization, he still scammed them out of money and I would bet it is not his first time. Just sayin...

  • itlsss Jun 13, 2013

    This is a new twist, someone swindling the Red Cross. Usually it is the other way around!

  • lwe1967 Jun 13, 2013

    There is a list of the charitable organizations that give 100% of their donations to the people that they are collecting for. The RC is not one of them, nor is the United Way. I don't like the RC for the simple fact when I was in a war zone, I was offered a cup of coffee and then I was asked to pay for it. I put the coffee down and never gave to the Red Cross again. By they way, they wanted a quarter for the coffee. The price wasn't great, it was trying to collect it in a war zone with script, which meant they were getting the entire $1.

  • lwe1967 Jun 13, 2013

    Another scam artist. Whether you like the RC or not, stealing from a charitable organization is sick.