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Ricci alerts parents to donation scam

July 11, 2011

RICHMOND–Residents of southern Rhode Island have a special kind of friendly hospitality that make many visitors fall in love with the region. However, there are some people out there that can take advantage of the kindness of others for their own benefit.

Chariho School District Superintendent Barry Ricci had to face a situation like this last week, when he was contacted by parents about inquiries they had received to donate money to an anti-bullying curriculum at Chariho High School. Ricci told them that the solicitation had not been authorized.

“We have had about three phone calls from parents, all from Richmond, that someone has contacted them, either in person or by phone, asking for donations,” he said. “That we gave this authorization is entirely untrue.”
Ricci acted quickly to let both parents and police know of the fraud. There was a newsletter released on Wednesday, June 29, when the situation was first uncovered. Richmond Police are investigating.

“We have alerted parents to call the police if they are contacted. I have had a conversation with the police chief and the police are investigating, so I’m hopeful of that,” he said.

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