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Fontana man, 3 teens busted in Victorville for collecting $800 for child’s phony funeral

By in Press Enterprise on November 24, 2017

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

A Fontana man and three other teens were busted Wednesday in Victorville after deputies learned they managed to scam motorists out of $800 for a child’s phony funeral, San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials said.

Victorville sheriff’s deputies received several calls Wednesday afternoon about a group of teens running in and out of traffic near Bear Valley and Mariposa roads as they tried to collect money in plastic jugs, according to a news release.

Deputies spoke to the the group, including Shane Alexander, 18, of Fontana and three other teens, and found they each had four large gallon-size water bottles full of dollars and coins that totaled more than $800, according to the statement. They also had several signs with the photo of a child asking for donations for the child — identified on the posters as Baby Adam.

After a call to the San Bernardino County Coroner’s office, deputies learned there was no death and the collection was a fraud, officials said.

Alexander and one of the teens were cited on suspicion of theft by fraud. All of the juveniles were released to their guardian and Alexander allowed to go, officials said. The case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review.

Authorities ask anyone with information about the case to contact the Victorville Station at 760-241-2911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or can leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.

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