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Boston Scam Targets Slain Officer Fund

Updated: October 31st, 2006 10:22 AM PDT

Two East Boston men have been charged with impersonating police officers while collecting money in the memory of a slain New Hampshire police officer.
NewsCenter 5's Jack Harper reported that Ricardo Acevedo and Ralph Gaskell are accused of posing as Massachusetts State Police officers who were asking for money for the family for New Hampshire police Officer Michael Briggs, who was killed in the line of duty this month.
"He told me that he was collecting money for the police officer that was killed in New Hampshire," said Sergio Cannon, of East Boston. "He had a book with money and names."
"Officers approached and found a green folder with a Fraternal Order of Police sticker affixed to the folder. Further investigation found $85 in the folder and two loose pieces of paper with written names and addresses and donation amounts," prosecutor Wayne Margolis said.
"We gave them like, $20, the guy across the street gave him $20, and a couple of other people gave them, like, $20," said Richard Aresco, of East Boston.
Police said Acevedo and Gaskell were carrying cash and checks and a notebook with names and donation amounts from 62 people.
"I should have knew better, you know? My mother said there are scams going on all over the place. If someone comes up to you, tells you about their family, tells you how hurt they are and you feel bad," said Aresco.
"Lock them up. It's as simple as that," said Cannon.
Acevedo and Gaskell were both held on $10,000 bail on charges of impersonating a police officer, larceny by false pretenses and entry by false pretenses.

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