Smoky Mountains Sunrise

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Salvation Army Left Short of Cash by Fake SC Check

By Bruce Smith, Associated Press Writer

The Salvation Army thought it had received a grand gift ahead of Christmas — a $25,000 check. But the donation turned out to be an expensive hoax that may force the charity to cut back on winter assistance for the needy.

Investigators said Wednesday that more than a dozen Charleston-area charities received fake checks before Christmas purporting to be gifts from a genuine local company.

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