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August 21, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
A former American Red Cross employee who managed finances at the Orange County chapter has been sentenced to six months in jail and six months of house arrest for embezzling $110,000 from the agency, authorities said Monday. Karen Shuerger, 59, formerly of Santa Ana and now living in Henderson, Nev., pleaded guilty in May to three counts of wire fraud and one of mail fraud in connection with the case.
(BEGIN TEXT OF INFOBOX / INFOGRAPHIC) Collecting Blood The number of pints collected by the Red Cross has decreased in the past five years. National figures, in millions of pints: '94-'95: 5.74 Source: American Red Cross
May 8, 1995 | JEFF McDONALD
One of Ventura County's largest oil companies has donated $25,000 to the local chapter of the American Red Cross, money the relief organization said would help local families struck by disaster. Officials from CalResources Inc., a subsidiary of the Shell Oil Co. based in Bakersfield, announced the donation last week. "Over the last year, we have been very impressed with the leadership of the American Red Cross," CalResources spokeswoman Susan C. Hersberger said in a prepared statement.
May 23, 1990 | Associated Press
The American Red Cross received a record $165 million in donations in 1989 but spent $151 million, three times more than the record. Most of the money, $127 million, was spent on victims of Hurricane Hugo in the Southeast and the California earthquake, Red Cross Chairman George Moody said Tuesday at the organization's annual convention.
July 9, 1992
The San Gabriel Valley chapter of the American Red Cross has opened a Service Center at 200 E. Lime St., Monrovia, to serve Bradbury, Duarte, Irwindale, Monrovia and Sierra Madre. Workers will help disaster victims, sell first aid supplies and recruit volunteers. The center is open from 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays.
May 6, 1993
American Red Cross Tissue Services, Western Region, has honored Glendale Adventist Medical Center for its commitment to tissue donation and transplantation. The Red Cross said that hospital personnel have worked with families of potential donors, showing sensitivity while providing the option of donation.
December 12, 1995
HemaCare Corp. has filed a suit against the Los Angeles region blood service of the American Red Cross alleging antitrust violations and unfair competition. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California, alleges that the American Red Cross gives its customers preferred pricing if they buy at least 90% of each type of blood product from the Red Cross.
May 24, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Need more blood donors? Economists have a suggestion: Pay them. For nearly 40 years, efforts to compensate people for donating blood have been discouraged by the World Health Organization. In the United States, the American Red Cross says “all blood collected for transfusion in the United States must be from volunteer donors.” But the authors of an essay published in Friday's edition of Science challenge the rationale for such policies, which presume that the highest-quality blood comes from altruistic donors.
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