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9:00 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Tiverton Police Looking For Couple Behind Fundraising Scam

Tiverton police are looking for a local couple who allegedly used their children in a phony fundraising scam.

Tiverton police say a local couple has had their three children going door-to-door asking for donations for school. The scam started about two months ago, according to Tiverton Police Chief Thomas Blakey.

"We did have a family going door to door soliciting contributions. Many citizens made contributions especially this season, especially with children. I would caution anyone from donating anything to anyone without first verifying that this is an ongoing charity," said Blakey.

The children, ages four, eight and twelve, raised several hundred dollars according to police. Police found deplorable conditions at the family’s home. They’ve issued arrest warrants for 31-year-old Aaron Gelinas and 28-year-old Kimberly Leverett charging them with child neglect, obtaining money under false pretenses and contributing to the delinquency of minors.

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