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Vernon woman arrested in alleged flood relief scam
A Vernon woman has been arrested in an alleged flood relief scam in Alberta.
On July 13, Edmonton police arrested a 24-year-old woman after receiving a public tip about a woman who matched the description of an individual wanted for alleged fraud.
“Investigators believe the accused was falsely soliciting donations through the sale of boxes of doughnuts in support of Southern Alberta flood victims in numerous shopping outlets throughout Edmonton and area,” states an Edmonton Police Service release.
It’s alleged that a table would be set up in a mall and patrons were offered a box of doughnuts for a $5 donation.
Only credit cards and debit cards were accepted for payment.
“Armed with the card number and the PIN number, the perpetrators defrauded the individuals of thousands of dollars,” stated the release.
Shalayne Whitney Lewis, of Vernon, was arrested and charged with four counts of fraud and possession of instruments for forgery.
Lewis appeared in Edmonton court Monday and was released on a bail order. She is scheduled to return to court Aug. 12.