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Deputies: Businesses fall victim to fundraiser scam

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PALATKA, Fla. – A Palatka man has been scamming victims by claiming to be raising funds for local Pop Warner Football, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office said.

According to deputies, Tommy Lee Curry, 52, solicited donations from several businesses telling them he was selling pork chop dinners to raise funds for a local Pop Warner team.

When the dinners did not arrive as promised, the victims called local Pope Warner president Ralph Dallas, who told the businesses the fundraiser had not been sanctioned.

The deputy in charge of the case interviewed Curry, who told her he intended to purchase sports drinks and water for the Pop Warner team from the proceeds of his pork chop dinner sales, and that the dinners had not been delivered because someone had stolen the food purchased for them.

The deputy determined at least nine businesses had been victimized by the scheme. She has asked any victims of the pork chop dinner scam to contact the Sheriff's Office at 386-329-0800 or call 386-329-0844 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Deputies said the case is still under investigation and charges against Curry are pending.