Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.
A Somerset County man who allegedly solicited donations fraudulently from businesses, claiming they would benefit a state police youth program, is being sought by police.
David Wayne Brant, 46, of Meyersdale is charged with theft by deception in connection with several incidents, including one in Meyersdale, on Saturday, state police said.
Brant requested donations for the nonprofit Camp Cadet of Somerset County, an agency that does not solicit door to door or by telephone, Trooper Christopher P. Allen said.
“Legitimate Camp Cadet of Somerset County donation solicitations are made yearly via a mailer,” Allen said in a news release.
“The Camp Cadet of Somerset County Association is deeply troubled by this incident, and we hope that this does not cast a shadow on the overwhelming support we receive from the public every year for an extremely worthwhile and positively life-altering endeavor,” he said.
Allen asked that any business or individual who was solicited by Brant on behalf of Camp Cadet contact him at 814-445-4104.
The annual weeklong camp for county youth ages 13 to 15 is held each July at Outdoor Odyssey at Roaring Run.
Participants learn state police patrol responsibilities including criminal investigation and forensics, first aid/CPR and weapon safety. Program highlights include presentations by the Secret Service, the FBI and state Game Commission officers.
Cadets also participate in physical training and team-building exercises.
Mary Pickels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-5401 or email@example.com.
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