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 March 1st, 2011  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara announces arrests in phony charity scam
Sheriff Ken J. Mascara announced today that detectives with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Economic Crimes Unit arrested Timothy Cozart Stiers (11-04-1967) and Geoffrey Brock Walter (12-09-1967) on RICO (RACKETEER INFLUENCED AND CORRUPT ORGANIZATIONS) charges in connection to a fraudulent charity/non-profit organization, Community Youth Programs, Inc.

The charity operated out of several different locations over the last three (3) years in St. Lucie and Indian River counties. would go to local underprivileged children to pay for sports activities. During a seven (7) month investigation, detectives did not find any evidence of monies being provided to any youth programs.

During the investigation, it was learned that Stiers and Walter were using the money for personal use. Stiers and Walter are each being held at the St. Lucie County Jail on an one (1) million dollar bond.

Sheriff Mascara said: "In these economic times, we (Sheriff’s Office) are seeing individuals asking for funds for less fortunate and military veterans and this case brings to the forefront that these individuals are fraudulent. These types of crimes aimed at the underprivileged are a priority investigation and the Sheriff’s Office is committed to aggressively investigating these crimes."

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