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Fundraising – Scam

Posted on: January 9th, 2014

Fundraiser fiasco in Skyline

1/8/14, 22:11

(WTVA) — The promoter of TFW Wrestling says he was planning to hold a fundraiser at the Lee Center in Skyline Saturday to raise money for the two Tupelo police officers shot last month following a bank robbery.

However, that event apparently won’t happen.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Department has notified the building’s owner of code violations.

Also, Sheriff Jim Johnson is not so sure the fundraiser was legitimate.

He says some of the sponsors listed on the promotional flier for the event apparently did not know about the fundraiser.

One of them was First Baptist Church of Tupelo where the sheriff attends.

“So I contacted our contact there, and First Baptist Church Tupelo did not know anything about it,” said Johnson.

And he adds there were others who did not know about the fundraiser.

Johnson says BancorpSouth denied any knowledge of a $10,000 match as stated on the fundraiser flier.

“So we realized then through the investigation of the building that there was a possibility of the fraudulent act,” Johnson continued.

TFW Wrestling promoter Lacy Ferguson tells a different story.

“Sheriff Jim Johnson was definitely wrong on some information he got on one of his churches he goes to is not sponsoring,” said Ferguson. “The first church we got was a First Baptist Church. I spoke to a Brother Lee.”

He says he also got the permission of the Tupelo Police Department to host the event.

“Mrs. Berta or Bertise — I’m not sure how she pronounces her last name, but it was the chief’s secretary of what I was told,” said Ferguson.

When we spoke with Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre Wednesday afternoon, he denied knowing anything about the fundraiser.

The wrestling promoter, however, vows to continue his effort to host a fundraiser.
Sheriff Johnson says the Tupelo Police Department is investigating the alleged fundraising effort.

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