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SPD issues correction on charges against family claiming to be homeless

Posted: Updated: Oct 1, 2012 07:34 PM
Maston Humphries (Source: Caddo Correctional Center) Maston Humphries (Source: Caddo Correctional Center)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Shreveport police have issued a correction in the case involving a family that said they were homeless asking for donations in the Shreveport area last week.

It has to do with the charges filed against Maston Humphries, who was arrested in the KSLA News 12 lobby on Friday night.

KSLA News 12 first reported on Maston and Amanda Humphries on KSLA News 12 Friday after we received an email from a person who said the couple was homeless and looking for help. Maston and his wife said they were living out of their car after Hurricane Isaac destroyed their home in Terrebonne Parish.

"You never know when in the next five minutes your house might be destroyed by a storm just like mine," Maston said.

The person who e-mailed us the story said that both a facebook page and website were set up to bring in donations for the couple, to both help them find steady housing and take care of their 11 month old baby.

After the story aired, KSLA News 12 received phone calls from viewers saying that the couple was not homeless and had made similar claims before. We met up with Maston to give him a chance to address the allegations.

"I'm no scam artist, a scam artist is like a wolf in a sheep's pasture," says Maston when asked about various viewer phone calls.

Humphries was arrested in the KSLA News 12 lobby on an outstanding warrant for no drivers license. KSLA was originally told by police that he was charged with theft by fraud, but on Thursday, the Shreveport Police Department issued a correction:

"Our news release sent on September 17, 2012 at 4:56 p.m. reported that 33 year old Maston Humphries was charged with theft by fraud following his arrest on September 14, 2012. The listed charge of theft by fraud was incorrect.

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."

Amanda Humphries has not been arrested or charged in connection with this investigation.

Police said individuals who might have donated money to this family can contact the Shreveport Police Department. 

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