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Missouri National Guard Member Jailed for Pocketing Charitable Donations

ROLLA, Mo. – A Leasburg man and member of the Missouri National Guard was arrested on Tuesday after an investigation by the Phelps County Sheriff’s Office revealed he was pocketing donations meant for the Wounded Warrior Project.
ROLLA, Mo. – A Leasburg man and member of the Missouri National Guard was arrested on Tuesday after an investigation by the Phelps County Sheriff’s Office revealed he was pocketing donations meant for the Wounded Warrior Project.

According to Capt. Rick Hope with the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department, Andrew James Fortner, 33, of Leasburg, was arrested after authorities were notified of an individual who had been collecting donations for the Wounded Warrior Project and using the funds for his own gain.

An investigation into the case was opened in late October and, with coordination with the Wounded Warrior Project in Jacksonville, FL., police determined their subject, Fortner, had not made any donations to the organization on his, or anyone else’s behalf.

On Tuesday, Nov. 26, Fortner was arrested at the Cuba Police Department and transported to the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department under a $100,000.00 cash or surety bond, where he is jailed and facing two counts of felony forgery.

The two charges stem from Fortner using the trademarked logos of the Wounded Warrior Project, as well as flyers from the organization.

During the course of the investigation, it was also found that Mr. Fortner had used the same ploy in a number of other jurisdictions and charges are being considered there also.
 
 
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