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Wounded Soldier Soliciting Scams in Post 14 Area

Date of News Release: 09/24/2011

(Ashland, Ky.) -- The Kentucky State Police in Ashland encourages the citizens of Boyd, Carter, Greenup, and Lawrence Counties to beware of a local scam that has occurred in the Carter and Rowan County areas. One local incident was reported to the Kentucky State Police involving a local citizen who received a visit (on 9-22-2011) from two young individuals asking for money to support injured Soldiers at the Keller Army Hospital in West Point, NY. The two individuals were described as a well dressed male and female in their early twenties driving a white van. The incident occurred in the Tick Ridge area of Olive Hill (Carter County) but there has been another incident in the Rowan County area as well. Four other residences on Tick Ridge received the same visit.

The Kentucky State Police contacted the Keller Army Hospital which advised they were not sponsoring or soliciting funds for injured Soldiers. The hospital further advised they were an Emergency Room facility only.

The Kentucky State Police is asking residents to report any suspicious activity involving this type of scam to their local State Police Post. Rowan County is covered by Post 8 and Carter is covered by Post 14.

If you suspect this type of illegal activity, you can contact the Kentucky state Police at 606-928-6421 or report the crime online at: http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/crimacts.htm.

To contact Post 8, call 606-784-4127.

Trooper Matt Ridener is the investigating officer.

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