Any scam is a bad scam. But, any scam that uses an infant’s funeral as their backbone is no good, downright horrible and loathsome scam.
Californian police announced that a street-corner panhandler scam has swept their streets as a woman and three accomplices attempt to raise money for the funeral of an infant… that doesn’t exist.
This scam has been going on for about 6 to 12 months and the alleged mother and three other scammers have been arrested after getting away with up to $1,400 a day in “donations”.
When dealing with a time sensitive situation, such as a funeral, it’s no surprise that a a local motorist got suspicious and called the police. The woman would show a sign of a baby to drivers by of the busy intersection of Valley Boulevard and Citrus Avenue telling them she desperately needed money to pay for funeral costs for her lost child.
“Pseudo-mom acknowledged that it was a scam, [Sgt. Billy] Green said in a written statement.
“Additionally, she admitted to having no idea who was the child … depicted on the sign,” according to the statement.
“Investigators (determined) the woman was part of a larger scam with previous solicitations in … Indio, Modesto, San Diego and the state of Arizona.”
Arrested were the woman holding the sign – 21-year-old Heather Nichols – along with 23-year-old Catherine Cecil Mendez, 20-year-old Chasity Marie Doll, and 26-year-old Jamari Eugene Carter, according to police and jail records – Source.”
Heather Nichols, I deem upon you the no-good-dirty-rotten scoundrel badge. I hope you wear it with shame.
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