KENTUCKY GUARDSMAN ARRESTED IN PHONY
SOLICITATION $CAM - TOOK DONATIONS FOR
FAMILIES OF "DEAD SOLDIERS" - KEPT CASH
FOR HIMSELF - JONATHAN MORGAN HELD IN
JAIL ON $25,000 BOND - POLICE SAY SOLDIER
DECEIVED WELL-MEANING PUBLIC BY CLAIM
MONEY TO BE USED FOR "CARE PACKAGES"
FOR DEPLOYED GUARD MEMBERS AND
CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR KIDS BACK HOME
How low can you go? Ask LTC Phil Miller, a spokesman for the Kentucky National Guard.
He called allegations that Jonathon Morgan ripped off well-meaning members of the public with a phony solicitation scam - claiming donations would be used to send care packages to deployed troops and buy their kids back home presents for Christmas - a "despicable act" and "an outright betrayal of our Guard family should they prove true."
Miller wasn't sure of Morgan's rank at press time, but he said his office has been notified by the Kentucky State Police that they have arrested Morgan - an enlisted man - on three counts of theft by deception. The soldier is being held on $25,000 bond at the Clay County Detention Center in Manchester, Ky.
Sources say Morgan, 28, conned civilians by saying some of the cash raised would go to support the families of "dead soldiers."
Investigators are still adding up how much money the accused Guardsman is alleged to have collected in the shameful scam. Authorities are asking residents of Clay, Leslie and Perry Counties to contact the prosecutor's office if they think they were "taken in" by the phony solicitations.