Scammers create fake veterans charity to get donations
FOX 13 News
By: Crystal Clark
POSTED:APR 28 2017
WESLEY CHAPEL (FOX 13) - Two men are accused of collecting donations for veterans from Pasco County residents and businesses and pocketing the proceeds.
A quick-thinking business owner is the reason they're behind bars, but their scheme - and others like it - could have a long-lasting impact.
Veterans in the area, meanwhile, are disgusted knowing scammers are targeting people who support them. The scammers’ lies are hurting real veterans charities.
Jason Parzy, 37, thought he'd walk away with $300 cash as he entered the Cash For Gold store in Wesley Chapel, according to investigators.
But instead, he left in handcuffs.
Parzy and 42-year-old Billy Joe Fielder are accused of soliciting donations for a bogus charity they called the Florida Veterans Relief Fund.
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