Saturday, May 26, 2018
Public safety

Beware of bogus coupon books, Pasco deputies say

PORT RICHEY — Last Friday, a resident received a knock on her door from a woman who, deputies say, was trying to sell her a coupon book to raise money for WoundedVets.org. It seemed like a good cause, the resident later told deputies, so she handed the woman $20 for it.

On Monday, she went to Magic Tan Salon on State Road 52 to redeem one of the coupons.

Not possible, a salon employee told her. Those coupons weren't valid.

Other businesses listed in the coupon book did not recognize the coupons, either.

Pasco County sheriff's deputies haven't caught up with the couple selling the booklets yet. They have a description of the woman selling them: Blond hair, 5 feet 3 inches tall, a tattoo of a blue-outlined rose on her right forearm. The man with her was only described as wearing a black jacket.

Gregory Amira, founder of WoundedVets.org, a charity that raises money to take veterans to concerts, on fishing and hunting trips and to sports games, said he has no affiliation with the people selling the coupon books.

Amira said he was "very upset that anybody would do such a thing as cheating donations out of people." He said "hopefully (the incident) does not do irreparable damage to my organization's credibility."

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