Correction per Shreveport Police:
"While Humphries was indeed arrested, he was not charged with theft by fraud. Humphries, whose current address was not readily available, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for no drivers license. The investigation into the theft by fraud charges is still underway. "
Authorities have arrested a man following allegations he scammed at least one good samaritan out of some hard earned cash with claims that he and his family were homeless victims of Hurricane Isaac.
On September 14, 2012 at approximately 8:30 p.m., Shreveport Police were contacted by a media outlet that had reported a story regarding a man who was claiming that he, his wife and infant child were homeless and living in a vehicle. After the story was broadcast, the news station received several calls alleging the self-proclaimed homeless man, identified as Maston Humphries, 33, had told similar tales in other areas purporting that he and his family were displaced as a result of Hurricane Isaac.
Detectives responded to investigate and were ultimately able to make contact with Humphries. Following an in-depth inquiry, investigators discovered that while Humphries had experienced some difficult financial circumstances, neither he nor his family had ever lived beneath a bridge and was not currently homeless. It was further revealed that the Humphries had received multiple monetary contributions from numerous sources who believed their false claims. Maston Humphries of Rogersville, Missouri, was subsequently arrested for theft by fraud booked into the Shreveport City Jail. He also had an outstanding warrant through the Caddo Sheriffs Office for driving without a license.