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Couple accused of running phony raffle

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SCHROON LAKE, N.Y. -

A couple from Essex County, N.Y., is accused of running a phony charity.

Police say Walter Thatcher, 32, and Brianna Benvie, 20, both of Schroon Lake, claimed they were selling 50/50 raffle tickets outside the local Stewart's Shop. They told customers the proceeds would benefit Essex County SPCA. But the money actually benefited them-- police say they used the cash for alcohol and cigarettes.

The scheme netted them $62.

They are charged with scheming to defraud, criminal impersonation and conspiracy.

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