SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Police arrested a Lima man, accusing him of soliciting money for a girl with cancer when he actually was pocketing the funds.
Christopher Lee Kirby of 820 Oak St., was charged with theft by deception. Further investigation to determine the dollar amount involved will determine if it’s a felony or misdemeanor, police said.
The matter surfaced through an announcement by the local Better Business Bureau warning of a scam of a person or people going door to door and to businesses soliciting money.
The man told people the money would help pay for an 8-year-old girl's treatment. The girl and her illness exist, but her family denies any connection with Kirby.
Shawnee Township Police detectives found him Wednesday, interviewed him and told him to stop soliciting. Detectives tried to verify information he told them, but much of it was false, police said.
Kirby solicited a donation from the Shawnee Township Fire Department Union. Detectives told the union to tell the man the check was ready for pickup. When the man arrived, he was given the check — and taken into custody, police said.
Shawnee Township Police have three reports from Elida on top of the two complaints they have on file. Police said family members of the sick child are victims, as well.