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Man who fraudulently collected "donations" for veterans projects is going to prison

 
Posted Saturday, August 9th 2014 @ 1pm  by Associated Press

COLUMBUS, OHIO (AP) —A man who fraudulently collected money for a veterans charity he didn't represent has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Joseph Steward was arrested in October after soliciting door-to-door donations in Columbus for the Wounded Warrior Project.  The charity told police it doesn't solicit door-to-door, it never received any money raised by Steward and that he didn't represent the group.

The 45 year old Steward pleaded guilty to single felony counts of prohibited acts, tampering with records and impersonating an officer.

A message seeking comment was left for his attorney on Friday.

The court ordered Steward to pay nearly $1600 in restitution to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Police say more than 300 people may have been victims of the fraud.

(Copyright 2014 Associated Press--All Rights Reserved)

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