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KY A.G. Details Solicitation Scam

By Tony McVeigh


Frankfort, KY – Attorney General Jack Conway says the United States Deputy Sheriff's Association and the telemarketing firm Courtesy Call are very good at raising money, both in Kentucky and nationally. The money's supposed to help local police departments buy equipment, like bulletproof vests, but Conway says little of the cash is being spent on equipment. "Between August 2008 and August 2009, they raised over two-and-a-half million dollars. Of that 85-percent went to the professional solicitation company."

In a settlement with the state, the deputy sheriff's association and Courtesy Call have agreed to halt misleading solicitation practices in Kentucky, donate more than 71-thousand dollars in equipment to local sheriff's offices and pay attorneys' fees.