By Tina Alvey
The local Fraternal Order of Police lodge is raising funds in Greenbrier County for its “Shop with a Cop” holiday event and for scholarships that go to graduates of both Greenbrier East and Greenbrier West high schools.
According to Sheriff’s Lt. Roger White, who is the president of Greenbrier Valley FOP Lodge 105, some confusion arose around the telephone solicitation for funds this year because of an alleged scam in Raleigh County involving a similar solicitation.
Beckley police arrested a Tennessee man late last month for allegedly representing himself as a Fraternal Order of Police representative and trying to convince people to give him “donations,” according to an Oct. 30 Register-Herald article.
“People are suspicious when they get these calls, especially when they hear about a scam in a nearby county,” White said.
The company hired by Lodge 105 to conduct the telephone fundraising campaign is Rosewood Productions, which is based in Indiana.
Company spokesman Frank Miller explained that when people contacted by phone agree to make a donation, they are given three options for fulfilling the promise: they can drop off the donation at the Lewisburg Police Department, mail a check to the lodge’s Lewisburg post office box, or have a local Rosewood representative pick up the donation at the donor’s home or office.
“Ninety percent (of the donations) are picked up,” Miller said. “We have an older lady and an older man who go out and pick up the donations for us.”
Miller said the Rosewood representatives are provided with Fraternal Order of Police identification so there is no question about their legitimacy.
Rosewood Productions solicits and collects the funds for the FOP on a commission basis, according to the company’s contract with Lodge 105 that is filed with the Secretary of State’s office. Under the terms of the contract, Rosewood receives 30 percent of the money collected.
Greenbrier Valley FOP Lodge 105’s fundraising drive will conclude Dec. 7.
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