Police say he told people he was trying to raise money to buy books for children in need.
But instead, police say a man kept the money for himself.
Investigators in Pulaski County say Sean Arnold posed as a student to scam people.
He's now being held in the Pulaski County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond.
Police say Arnold went door-to-door in Pulaski County, telling people he was a UK or U of L student and was there to collect money for books to be given to children's hospitals.
Police say they caught up with Arnold after they say he altered the amount of one of the checks he was given, changing the $100 check to $160.
"That's the last charge we picked him up in Florida with. The other 30 or some charges were from just the simple act of deceiving citizens, representing colleges," Pulaski County Sheriff Todd Wood said.
Arnold declined comment from jail, saying he wanted to talk to his lawyer first.
Police say Arnold was actually the ringleader for a group of people that was recently arrested in Lexington.