Public safety couple accused of using charity to scam responders' families
Officials said a firefighter and police officer couple allegedly kept around $12,000 after raising money for families of fallen responders
By FireRescue1 Staff
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A firefighter and police officer couple allegedly stole $12,000 of fundraiser money after hosting an event to support the families of fallen responders, according to officials.
Tallahassee Democrat reported that Tallahassee police officer Jennifer Amison and her husband, firefighter Joseph Amison, held a fundraiser to support the families of two fallen firefighters, the daughter of another and two Texas State Troopers who had terminal cancer.
The fundraiser sold 900 raffle tickets, 600 dinner tickets, decals and shirts to help the families.
Three months after the event, no payments were made to anyone involved.
The couple is facing charges of organized scheme to defraud, failure to apply contributions in a manner substantially consistent with solicitation and grand theft.
Investigators said the couple “demonstrated a pattern of taking advantage of the tragedies of other first responders by selling items under the guise of benefiting the families."