2 Accused of Soliciting Bogus Contributions For ‘Support Our Troops Foundation’

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW/AP) — A man and a woman have been soliciting bogus charitable contributions for the “Support Our Troops Foundation” to fund their drug habits, police say.

25-year-old Matthew Michalski and 21-year-old Amanda Miskimon, both of Baltimore, were arrested Friday after someone who donated money to them became suspicious and called police.

When Anne Arundel County Police arrived to the parking lot of Giant Foods in the 7900 block of Crain Highway in Glen Burnie around 6:45 p.m. Friday, they met with the man who made a recent donation to a group collecting money for the “Support Our Troops Foundation.”

The man became suspicious when he called a number given on a flier and heard a cellphone ring in one of the collector’s pocket.

Police say when they made contact with the woman collecting money, they learned that the man she was with had left the area with the collection jar. The man was later found after police searched the area, but the collection jar was not found.

A number for the actual “Support Our Troops Foundation” was discovered and, after speaking with representatives from the group, they were able to determine that neither of the two people represented were authorized to make collections on behalf of the foundation.

The pair was taken into custody and transported for processing. A quantity of cash was also seized as evidence.

It was learned during interview that the pair has done this before. In addition, based on the investigation and interviews, the suspects were committing this fraud to fuel a drug habit.

Michalski was charged fraud-misrepresenting fundraising, trespassing and theft and Miskimon was charged with fraud-misrepresenting fundraising and theft.

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