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Portland Man Faces Criminal and Civil Penalties for Running Bogus Charity
(Published: January 13, 2010)

A Portland man faces possible prison time and at least $40,000 in civil penalties after fraudulently representing himself as a Robertson County deputy sheriff who was raising money for a charitable publication to be produced by the sheriff’s office.

Branden L. Fitzgerald, 19, was arrested and notified of the civil penalties against him this week following cooperative efforts involving the state’s Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming and the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation found that Fitzgerald did business under the name Local Youth Prevention Services.

Then he contacted Robertson County business owners, claiming to be a Robertson County Sheriff’s Office deputy sheriff who was selling advertisements for a drug awareness magazine.

Fitzgerald told the business owners that a deputy sheriff would collect payments for the magazine ads, the investigation concluded.

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