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Two accused of running charity scam head to court today

Two accused of running charity scam head to court today

BOSTON -- Arraignment is set today for two East Boston men accused of taking advantage of a New Hampshire police officer's murder.

Police say two men scammed people out of money they said would go to the family of slain officer Michael Briggs.

The suspects, Ralph Gaskell, 54, and Ricardo Acevedo, 40, went door-to-door in East Boston, asking for money for the Briggs family.

They scammed at least 62 people before getting arrested last Friday.

Officer Briggs was shot and killed on October 16. Michael Addison, a man whose life Briggs once saved, is facing the death penalty in the case.

"We strongly urge anyone wishing to make a contribution to benefit the Briggs family contact our agency or the Manchester Police Patrolman's Association if they have any concerns regarding the legitimacy of any fund- raising effort," the Manchester Police Department in a released statement said.

Individuals are also welcome to make their contributions directly to the MPPA Officer Michael Briggs Family Benefit Fund, c/o Members First Credit Union, 44 Bridge St, Manchester, NH 03101.

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