A man has been released on bail after being charged with stealing donations for tsunami relief. Matthew Schmieder, 24, who is accused of sending e-mails purporting to be from a genuine aid organization, was arrested last week. He planned to use the money to repair his car, according to court documents.
In the e-mails, Schmieder allegedly requested that donations be sent to a PayPal account. The FBI was alerted after Mercy Corps. (the aid organization Schmieder is accused to have posed as) received complaints about the e-mails.
Dan Ilett of ZDNet UK reported from London.