Women Collecting For Charity Mistaken For Scam Artists

State police are still trying to figure out how two women collecting money for charity were mistaken for scam artists.

Police issued a warning Wednesday night about the women, even releasing their description. The problem is, the women were legitimate!

The women were collecting money for the Relay For Life out of Breathitt County. They were asking for donations in nearby Perry County.

Someone got suspicious and called police, who couldn't find a record of the group and issued the warning.

Deloris Talbee, a member of that group, is outraged, saying a simple misunderstanding shouldn't have landed her in the news.

Taulbee says, just as in years past, they went out asking for donations to support their Relay For Life team, dubbed "The Hillbilly Team", when someone called state police, saying they were suspicious. That prompted a warning about the women from Kentucky state police.

The director of the American Cancer Society's southeast region says the team is legit and they have the documentation to prove it.

Taulbee says they did have written proof when they were out asking for donations, but says next time, they'll where their Relay For Life shirts as back up.

Taulbee says at first she didn't even think the police warning was about her team because the name of the group was wrong in the police alert.

When she realized police were warning people about her, she called the American Cancer Society.

Police say they're also not sure why the London state police post was called instead of the post in Hazard, where the women were collecting money.


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