AG Hawley Announces Suit Against Fake Law Enforcement Memorial
released on May 25, 2017
found in newsletter: May 2017
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his office filed a lawsuit in St. Francois County Circuit Court against Terry R. Lemons of Farmington, Missouri alleging that Lemons misled donors when soliciting donations for a memorial to honor fallen law enforcement officers.
“We will aggressively pursue those who take advantage of Missourians generosity, especially when they dishonor law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their communities,” said Hawley.
Mr. Lemons is accused of soliciting donations from businesses in southeast Missouri to raise awareness of law enforcement officers killed or injured in the line of duty through a portable memorial. As part of his solicitations he used the fictitious name of “Thin Blue Line Tahoe” and falsely claimed it was a nonprofit corporation. Lemons actually used the funds to make his personal Chevrolet Tahoe look like a police patrol vehicle complete with radar equipment, shotgun, emergency lights, and a Panasonic computer. He used the rest of the funds on personal purchases at bars, restaurants, and match.com.
Charitable organizations soliciting donations in the state are required to file a registration with the Attorney General’s Office. Missourians should contact the Attorney General’s Office if they believe an individual or organization is engaged in misrepresentation to solicit money. Those who may have contributed money to Terry Lemons are urged to contact the Missouri Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 888-392-8222.
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