Northern Virginia Man Arrested for Charity Scam

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    Police have arrested a Sterling man for allegedly posing as a charity worker collecting money for troops. News4's Darcy Spencer reports.

    A Virginia man is accused of posing as a charity worker who said he was collecting money for troops.

    Investigators say William "Randy" Pierce, 52, solicited businesses to collect money for the Douglas J. Green Memorial Foundation, but never handed over that money. Authorities say Pierce obtained money from at least one business.

    Douglas Green, the foundation's namesake, was a soldier who died fighting in Afghanistan in 2011. His sister, Krissy Green, runs the organization to create care packages to send overseas.

    She was outraged when she learned about the alleged scam.

    "That's my brother's name; this is my brother's memory, and this is not something he would want," she said.

    The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office arrested Pierce and charged him with obtaining money under false pretenses.

    "You know, that money is being taken away from these soldiers who sometimes desperately need these care packages to get them through a day," Krissy Green said.

    She said Pierce had collected money for a poker run to benefit the foundation last month, but cut ties with him after an event.

    The Sheriff's Office isn't sure how much money may be involved in the alleged scam, but says it wants to hear from any business that Pierce may have solicited for cash or checks made out to him.

    "It's an unconscionable thing to do..." said Sheriff Michael L. Chapman.

    Krissy Green is hoping to turn this bad experience into something positive -- that more people will learn of her brother's sacrifice and perhaps try to brighten another service member's day.

    Authorities say Pierce was also arrested in the Charlottesville area a year ago on similar accusations involving a veterans' group.

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