Accused scammer strikes again

(WEAU) - Sean Davis is still behind bars, but police say his crimes are still coming to light. On February 1, the owner of Duane's Body and Custom says Davis came in with a phony business card, which had another man's name on it too.

“I was the second person that had called him and he was very frustrated with the fact that Sean was giving out business cards with their name on it, “said Duane Hodgson, scam victim.

Duane understands the need to donate as he has a daughter with cerebral palsy. His kind heart donated two hundred dollars and his business isn’t the only one. The business owner of Uptown Pizza also gave a personal check for the cause.

“People are good for the most part, but every once in awhile you get a bad person like Sean and they take advantage of people's kindness,” said Hodgson.

Police in both Rice Lake and City of Barron are working hard to crack down on these cases of fraud.

“Well all these cases are currently under investigation and like I said a lot of them are even coming in as we speak even,” said Chad Thompson, Investigator at Rice Lake Police Department.

Chad Thompson says the highest amount he's seen donated so far is a little more than two thousand dollars.

“Its good we can bring him to justice and hopefully recover the monies that were donated for a good cause,” said Chief Byron Miller, City of Barron Police Department.

Although more cases are expected, the Mayor of Barron wants everyone to stay alert.

“People have to be aware and just not everybody out there is legit, especially if it's a stranger,” said Mayor David Vruwink.

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  • by Denny on Feb 15, 2012 at 04:43 AM
    Hopefully this man will find out what the inside of a Wisconsin prison looks like. Hopefully he gets about 20 years to study the walls. What a nasty thing to do. I agree with the post that suggest you make any donations payable to the organization asking for them. We also try to donate directly or only to people we know that come to our door. If we don't know them they don't get any donation.
  • by Lulzsec on Feb 15, 2012 at 02:05 AM
    Must have worked for Scott walker sometime in the past.
  • by John Location: Eau Claire on Feb 14, 2012 at 09:42 PM
    If a person comes asking for money for a Charity, then the person who donates to it should address the check to the Charity and not the person collecting for it. If the Collector says to make it out to them that should be a Red Flag Alert. Then excuse yourself and call police to check it out. I don't give money to people collecting in person or over the phone. If I wish to donate to a Special Cause I call that Foundation direct.
  • by Bob Location: Cameron on Feb 14, 2012 at 07:44 PM
    He scammed me last summer on a driveway scamming business. Said he had a huge contract that canceled and needed to get rid of the highly expensive material. He did a wry bad Job. I mean terrible. I checked his watered down product, and it was all a lie. Story was a lie also. He promised to come back and make it right. He never came back.
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