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$1.2 Million mobile phone charity scam

11 Apr 2005 | Security | 0 comments


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Domingo (24) and Heather (25) Frias-Payan have been accused of scamming people to donate mobile phones. Claiming to be collecting phones for the disabled, the couple has been charged with one felony count of racketeering and 11 counts of violating the Oklahoma Solicitation of Charitable Contributions Act.

"Our investigation determined and we allege that cell phones solicited on behalf of battered women's shelters, domestic violence victims, the elderly or disabled were actually sold for the couple's personal profit."

The couple's foundation, called Save a Life Give a Phone collected about 100.000 cell phones. About 300 of these phones were donated to the needy. The rest were sold for approximately $1.2 million deposited into personal bank accounts.

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