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Somerset County man sought in fraudulent donation scheme for state police youth program Camp Cadet

| Monday, April 29, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

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 mpickels@tribweb.com.

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