Authorities warn of donation scam

Oklahoman Published: April 25, 2006
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PURCELL - McClain County law enforcement officers are warning people of a phone scam following the recent death of 10-year-old Jamie Rose Bolin.

Jamie Rose Bolin was found dead April 14 in the apartment complex where she lived. Her neighbor, Kevin Underwood, is accused in the death.

McClain County Sheriff Don Hewett said at least two people living in the Newcastle area reported being contacted by a male using the tragedy to solicit donations.

"They are representing themselves as being from the McClain County Sheriff's office and they are soliciting funds for the prevention of child endangerment," Hewett said.

Hewett said in both instances, the caller mentioned the 10-year-old's death during the call.

In one case, Hewett said, the individual told the caller a sheriff's deputy lived behind her and she would ask him about it. The caller immediately hung up.

The second call was made to an elderly woman who reported the number was blocked on her caller identification, Hewett said.

"The sad thing about it is, people prey on people's emotions in times like this," Hewett said, "and these people are hard to track down."

Hewett said his office never solicits donations by phone. If someone receives a phone call from someone claiming to be from the sheriff's office, they should call Hewett at 572-2141.

Those wishing to make a donation to the Jame Rose Bolin Memorial Fund can do so at McClain Bank, First American Bank and Bank of Oklahoma branches, Hewett said.


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