As reported in the July 27, 2015 edition of the Providence Journal, the Cranston Police Department have arrested two (2) men in connection with a charity scam. The men are accused of soliciting donations for a cancer charity at a local church festival. Unfortunately, the men were not authorized to collect such donations. One man was arrested at the church festival. The second man recently turned himself into police.
The men will likely be charged with obtaining money under false pretenses, pursuant to R.I.G.L. 11-41-4, defined as every person who shall obtain from another designedly, by any false pretense or pretenses, any money, goods, wares, or other property, with intent to cheat or defraud, and every person who shall personate another or who shall falsely represent himself or herself to be the agent or servant of another and shall receive any money or other property intended to be delivered to the person so personated, or to the alleged principal or master of that agent or servant, shall be deemed guilty of larceny.
The amount of money the men received will dictate their punishment. Misdemeanor larceny includes money and goods valued at $1,500.00 or less. Felony larceny includes money or goods valued at over $1,500.00. If convicted of misdemeanor larceny, the penalties include imprisonment for not more than one year, or by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500), or both. If convicted of felony larceny, the penalties include imprisonment for not more than ten (10) years or by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or both.If you or a family member has been charged with larceny, robbery or other theft crimes, please allow Attorney Robert H. Humphrey’s reputation, experience and skill to successfully guide you through the legal process. Please contact Attorney Robert H. Humphrey, Esq., at 401-816-5862 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org