Scam solicits donations for fallen officer

October 24, 2008 8:50:30 AM PDT
The Martinez Police Officers' Association is warning the public about a possible phone scam where callers claim to be soliciting donations on behalf of a recently fallen officer.

Police have received reports of phone solicitors who are requesting money on behalf of the association.

Solicitors have explained that one of the reasons for the funds is to support the families and spouses of police Sgt. Paul Starzyk and Catalina Torres, who died in a Sept. 6 shooting.

The Martinez Police Officers' Association is emphasizing that it does not use phone solicitations and has not contracted with nor authorized any organization to do so on its behalf.

The association is requesting that if donations are requested, individuals should contact Martinez police at (925) 372-3440.

Any money that has been sent to the association for the Starzyk family and Torres family memorial fund accounts C/O Contra Costa Federal Credit Union are legitimate.


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