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Police: Man Caught Impersonating Cinnaminson Police Officer

The Philadelphia man was soliciting local businesses for donations, police said.

 

A Philadelphia man was charged with impersonating a police officer after trying to solicit a local business by claiming to be a Cinnaminson officer looking for donations, Public Safety Director Michael P. King announced today.

Jeffrey D. Stokes, 51, of Snyder Avenue, allegedly called a Cinnaminson business Dec. 6 and identified himself as Tim Callahan. There is no Tim Callahan with the Cinnaminson Police Department.

Police said Stokes was soliciting funds for a police calendar. Further, Stokes told the business it would receive an "official" police receipt which was tax deductible.

The solicitor also offered Fraternal Order of Police courtesy cards for donations.

This is the third complaint Cinnaminson Police received regarding solicitation from someone pretending to be a Cinnaminson officer or detective, officials said. 

Local detectives identified the accused through an investigation. Stokes surrendered to police Dec. 7 and was processed for one count of impersonation of a police officer. He was released pending an appearance in court.

UPDATE 5:30 P.M., 12/7: Pete Alfinito, president of the New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 2 in Burlington County, said FOP #2 uses a marketing group to call local businesses for donations.

Alfinito said Stokes was an employee of that marketing group but "took it too far" when identifying himself as a Cinnaminson police officer. A phone call to a representative of the marketing group for verification was not immediately returned.

However Director King told Cinnaminson Patch that no one from the Cinnaminson Police Department will call residents or business owners to solicit funds. If such a call is received, they residents or business owners should document the name, time of call and the phone number, and call the Cinnaminson Police. 

Ric December 08, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Why is the FOP employing a marketing group for soliciting donations? In Philadelphia a marketing group for their FOP almost go to the point of shaking businesses down for donations – I know that first hand. After I said no, one representative would not leave me alone. He called my business time and time again and made veiled threats. That marketing group sullied the good name of police. And all marketing groups keep the lion’s shares of donations. It is not just the FOP that uses marketing groups. I recently saw an expose on how organizations like the Red Cross also use them despite only getting a pittance of the collection. The Red Cross said even though they collected only a small share they viewed their share as money they did not have to work for.
Slim Jim December 08, 2012 at 03:27 PM
I get these call several times a year from people the "FOP" and "PBA" along with letters seeking monetary donations. I find it interesting that they will claim that the funds collected are used to sponsor youth sports, senior citizen activities and other community service projects but there is never a public accounting of how the money is really spent. Fact of the matter is that they never tell you that a large share of the money is used to pay for lawyers and arbitrators during contract negotiations with the townships.
FbS December 09, 2012 at 01:13 AM
I used to know a guy who had a telemarketing company who made a wonderful living making these police force contributions calls to homes. You would be surprised to how many people give $$ to these people
fire stopper December 09, 2012 at 06:44 PM
remember also, When you contribute VIA the marketing company, That company gets a percentage of the donation. (Same for fire departments) So when you get these calls/mailings just send your donations directly in the name of the Police/Fire departments DIRECTLY to the departments themselves. That way they get the whole contribution and you are assured they get 100% of your donation.
Richard Magee December 10, 2012 at 05:39 AM
Ric, I've had a lot of trouble with these Telephone Bank groups that solicit for everything from FOP,Highway Patrol, PBA, and local Departments. They have runners that rush to pick up the checks etc. They get licensed as Charities and keep 97% or more of what they take in. The FOP and PBA and State Police DO NOT SOLICIT for FUNDS! As soon as these creeps are exposed they pack up and re open under a new name. ~Rick Magee, FL Det.,ret.
Richard Magee December 10, 2012 at 05:42 AM
You mentioned the National Red Cross. DID you know that they KEPT all of the Money collected for 9-11. They said enough money was raised by other groups and their's was unnecessary, so they kept it. I donate to a Local Red Cross and espoecially the Salvation Army, but Never to the United Fund or Nat. Red Cross. ~Rick Magee, FL

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