PLAINVILLE (CBS) – A Connecticut man who said he was collecting money for Massachusetts veterans was arrested after being confronted by a police officer in Plainville on Friday.
Police say 67-year-old Harvey Malbaurn was soliciting donations near the drive-thru window of a Dunkin Donuts with a bucket that had the words “Focus On Veterans” on it.
Malbaurn was dressed in military style fatigues and stood next to a table that had a banner hanging from it which read, “Support Our Massachusetts Veterans.”
A Plainville officer made a donation, and then struck up a conversation him. Malbaurn said the money went to a house in Connecticut for homeless veterans and not Massachusetts vets.
Malbaurn claimed to be in the military, but could not provide any information about what branch he was in.
Police made a call to the Attorney General’s office and found that the Focus on Veterans group was not allowed to solicit money in Massachusetts.
Malbaurn, who had collected over $500 until his conversation with the officer, was arrested and charged with Larceny by False Pretenses.
The Attorney General’s office will be investigating the group further.
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