Police: Woman posed as member of Greenwood police, solicited donations

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GREENWOOD, Ind. (Nov. 7, 2013)— The Greenwood Police Department arrested a 56-year-old woman Wednesday for allegedly posing as a member of the police department and soliciting donations from a local Sam’s Club. 

Elizabeth White was arrested on charges of theft and impersonating a public servant.

Police were contacted by Sam’s Club management, who alerted them a suspicious woman was soliciting donations for charity. White allegedly stated her name was Karen Jones and said she was with the Greenwood Police Department.

Two undercover detectives responded to the area to investigate. Police said White handed the detectives a flyer, stickers and several pens for the Indiana Police Officers Association (IPOA). The officers then took White into custody and transported her to the police department.

Police said White claimed she collected donations for the IPOA, who in turn gave the donations to charities. After looking into the IPOA, authorities discovered the address listed on the flyer did not exist. Additionally, the IPOA website looked official, but the site did not list any addresses or contact information, said police.

White told police she had been soliciting donations for IPOA for 20 years but had never been to the IPOA office. She said she would meet an IPOA representative at a gas station and exchange goods for payment there.

White posted a $6,000 bond and was released from the Johnson County Jail.

Click IPOA Scam to see an example of the fake flyer.