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Red Cross assures Hoops for Haiti telethon donors their accounts are secure

The American Red Cross on Wednesday assured contributors to the Jan. 17 Hoops for Haiti telethon that their credit card data was not compromised and that the money went to help earthquake recovery.

Winn Stephens, development director for the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross, said some contributors had expressed concern after hearing that an employee of an athletic-apparel store had been charged with fraudulent use of credit cards.

"In light of yesterday's news that some credit card information was allegedly stolen from one of our supporters, the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross wants to assure everyone ... that no credit card data obtained during the Hoops for Haiti telethon or online has been compromised, and all contributions made for Haiti earthquake relief have been utilized for their intended purpose," Stephens said in a prepared statement.

Lexington police said Michael Nathaniel Webb, 31, while employed by Cat Fan-Attic on Harrodsburg Road, obtained access to more than 170 credit card numbers of people ordering T-shirts by telephone. Police have identified 25 victims, spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said. Webb is no longer employed at the store.

Stephens said people ordered the shirts by calling the store directly, not by calling the telethon. The store donated proceeds from Hoops for Haiti T-shirt sales to the telethon.

Stephens thanked Cat Fan-Attic for donating $39,000 to the telethon, which raised more than $1.5 million.

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