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Police: Couple posed as charity workers to scam businesses

4:46 PM, Jul 30, 2010   |    comments
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  • Kimberly Upright
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Tampa, Florida - A Tampa couple is accused of taking advantage of a disabled police officer's charity and using its name to rip off local businesses.

Police say Todd Norwood and Kimberly Upright posed as workers for the Disabled Police Officers of America organization and tried to get mainly restaurant and gas station owners to make donations.

But officers say the pair put the money collected right in their own pockets.

"They were preying on the giving nature of our community to solicit funds for their own selfish gain," said Janelle McGregor, a spokesperson for TPD.

During an interview, one of the suspects told detectives they'd been to hundreds of other Tampa area businesses trying to do the exact same thing.

Police are also investigating the possibility they posed as people collecting money for Tampa's two recent fallen officers, Jeff Kocab and Dave Curtis.

"Their timing is suspect when you take into account the recent tragedy here in Tampa," McGregor said.

Officers don't know how much the couple may have pocketed, but they're asking businesses that might be victims to come forward.

Police tell 10 News Norwood and Upright are also awaiting trial for the same scam in Orlando.

Adam Freeman, 10 News

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