A grand jury indicted two Houston police officers Tuesday on charges alleging they billed the Red Cross $160,000 to operate a two-week basketball camp for Hurricane Katrina evacuees that only lasted two days.
Patrol officer Tracie Denise Bell and Kirshondra Richardson, a probationary officer in her first year with the department, allegedly claimed the June camp had 310 attendees when only 10 actually participated, prosecutors said.
Both of have been relieved of duty and suspended with pay, Houston police spokesman John Cannon told the Houston Chronicle in its Tuesday online editions. Bell and Richardson could not immediately be reached for comment.
Both are charged with theft of more than $100,000, a second-degree felony with punishment ranging from probation to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Harris County Assistant District Attorney Terese Buess told the newspaper that the grand jury continues to investigate. Buess said Bell had run basketball camps before and is currently running a league right now.