State Police: Money Missing from 'Shop with a Cop' Program

MASON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia State Police are asking for the public's help to determine how much money is missing from a fund set up to help needy children during the holiday season.

According to a news release, the Mason County Sheriff's Association hired a solicitor to raise money for its annual "Shop with a Cop" program, but there's concern all the collected funds may not have been deposited into the proper account.

This drive was primarily conducted in Mason County, W.Va., and in Meigs and Gallia counties in Ohio.

Police say the solicitor called people who live or operate businesses in these areas and then sent another solicitor to collect the donations.

Troopers say it appears there's only concern over cash donations made to the fund.

According to the release, police say the solicitor is being investigated for fraud. No other information is being released at this time.

State Police are asking any business or person who gave a cash donation to the "Shop with a Cop" fund drive to call the West Virginia State Police or the Sheriff’s Office in Mason County.

If you have any questions, you can call the Mason State Police Detachment at 304-675-0850.

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