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.