Sacto 9-1-1
May 27, 2010
Roseville PD: Man soliciting for charity, but pocketing funds

By Bill Lindelof
blindelof@sacbee.com

Roseville police have arrested a Sacramento man on suspicion of fraudulently asking for charitable donations.

Police called to a store parking lot in the 1400 block of Lead Hill Boulevard on Tuesday found a man carrying a clipboard with forms recording charitable donations, purportedly for rosvillescam.JPGthe city-owned George Sim Community Center in Sacramento.

Officers called the Sim Center and found that center operators had not authorized the fundraising effort, nor had they received any funds from such an effort.

Officers believe that Rayshawn Donte Smith (photo left), 23, and others had been fraudulently asking for donations for some time and pocketing the money.

Smith was arrested on suspicion of petty theft with a prior conviction for petty theft and fraudulently soliciting charitable contributions.

Roseville police advise not giving money to solicitors, either by phone or in person. A website recommended by police to research charities is www.charitynavigator.org

Call The Bee's Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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