By Associated Press - Saturday, January 23, 2016

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A Northeast Ohio sheriff’s office says it’s investigating a scam that falsely collected thousands of dollars in donations for a popular charity that benefits poor children during the Christmas season.

A Summit County Sheriff’s Office spokesman says at least 40 people and businesses have reported giving donations to what they assumed was the Shop-With-A-Cop program after being solicited by a caller who claimed affiliation with the sheriff’s office and a police motorcycle group charity.

Inspector William Holland said Friday the scam was first reported about 10 days earlier and he expects more people will report being ripped off. Holland says scammers showed up at homes and businesses after the calls and collected amounts that ranged from $50 to $200.

Holland says one suspect has been identified.

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