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3 arrested in allegedly fraudulent funeral fund scam

September 18, 2018

This undated photo provided by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department shows fraudulent signs requesting funeral donations. A San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department press release says a 20-year-old man and two 14-year-old boys were arrested for investigation of theft by false pretenses. The signs being held by the three people along a Southern California desert interstate said "Funeral Donations," ''Anything is a blessing" and had photos of a little boy. "RIP Johnny," one sign noted. Victorville police investigated Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, discovering the little boy was not deceased. (San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department via AP)

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The signs being held by three people along a Southern California desert interstate said “Funeral Donations,” ″Anything is a blessing” and had photos of a little boy. “RIP Johnny,” one sign noted.

But when Victorville police investigated Monday they discovered the little boy was not deceased and that water bottles held by the trio contained cash allegedly donated as a result of the fraudulent signs.

A San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department press release says a 20-year-old man and two 14-year-old boys were arrested for investigation of theft by false pretenses.

The department says deputies contacted one victim of the scheme who was nearby the scene on U.S. 395 and they are seeking others.

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