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Police: Woman collecting money for chiefs family is scammer
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A woman is running a scam by calling for donations for a police chief and his family, according to Oakwood authorities.

Oakwood Police Investigator Todd Templeton said at least four businesses in Oakwood and Gainesville were solicited for money from this scam.

A woman claiming to work at city hall “told the local business owners a fictitious story that involved the police chief’s daughter and alleged she had been the victim of a house fire,” Templeton wrote in a news release.

“The caller reported the family had lost everything including a pet dog,” Templeton wrote.

The city hall and the police chief mentioned in the call were unspecified, Templeton said.

In another call, the suspect told the business she worked for Flowery Branch City Hall and was collecting for Flowery Branch Police Chief David Spillers’ daughter-in-law.

Flowery Branch Police and Oakwood Police are working on a joint criminal investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Templeton at 770-534-2364.

The suspect has not been named, and charges are pending.

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