Police Protective Fund misleading Chattanoogans

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 4/29/2013 11:59 pm
 CHATTANOOGA, TN, (WDEF)- "They called at my wife's business, they didn't call at home, which I thought was kind of strange."

Harrison Pirtle and his wife have been asked on numerous occasions for donations to a fund that local police say they have never heard of.

"I have never heard of that organization, no"

Sgt. Craig Joel feels this organization may be misleading the public and they want to set the record straight.

"It's almost the same thing as seeing someone in a police officer's uniform, or using a blue light on their car, it's fraud, they are taking advantage of the public trust, that we try, we struggle to maintain as best we can despite all odds."

Harrison says he has previously been asked to donate to local fire department charities that have had no connection to Chattanooga.

"And I said, Well who is the spokesperson, what's his first name, for the Hamilton County Fire department, they don't know, do you know the chief? No they didn't know."

However The Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming told News 12 that the organizations paper work was in order and looked up to date.

Attorney Lynne Dechman has found the elderly in our area give generously over the phone to charities and advises them to be careful.

"It's very dangerous to talk to people on the phone, that you don't know, the best thing to say, I don't do business on the phone, and hang up."

By the time of airing The Police Protective Fund  had responded to just one of our calls but not our questions by email and other numbers we tried for their regional offices had been disconnected.
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