Men Pose as High School Football Players, Scam Dozens

By Mila Mimica
|  Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013  |  Updated 8:04 PM EDT
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Two men scammed dozens of people by claiming to be football players -- for a high school without a team -- and taking donations. News4's Pat Collins reports.

Pat Collins

Two men scammed dozens of people by claiming to be football players -- for a high school without a team -- and taking donations. News4's Pat Collins reports.

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Two 20-year-old men have been charged for posing as high school football players and soliciting donations -- cash only -- for football equipment last weekend.

Police say about two dozen people fell victim to their scam at a CVS Pharmacy on Chain Bridge Road in McLean, Va. Sunday. A woman who donated $20 in cash called police after finding out the school the men said they attended, Thurgood Marshall Academy in the District, didn't even have a football team.

Around noon Sunday, police responded to the store and arrested Kevin Crouch of Temple Hills, Md. and Jerell Henry of D.C. on forgery charges.

"It's my understanding htey had some kind of paperwork that was presenting them as members of a high school football team," Lucy Caldwell with the Fairfax County Police Department said.

Police recommend contributors to school, sports and civic organizations be vigilant and check the validity of the groups they're donating to.

If you have information on this incident, call police at 1-866-411-TIPS.

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