VIDEO REPORT: Beloit Mother Uncovers Alleged Door-to-Door Fundraising Scam

By: Phil Levin Email
By: Phil Levin Email

The Beloit Police Department is requesting an arrest warrant for a mother who allegedly went door to door selling cookie dough for a supposed fundraiser, but kept the cash.

In May, police say Tanya Dailey went to several homes with her young son asking for purchases to benefit the Merrill Community Center, which provides after school activities for kids and programs for seniors. Staff at the center say they do not solicit door-to-door donations.

Police found Dailey collected cash and endorsed cashed checks, but her customers never received the cookie dough the next month as promised.

One of the alleged victims, Cyndi Fraley, was the first to spot the red flags. She contacted her neighbors and found others in the same situation.

"It may have only been ten dollars, but it's more the principle that they're going around and defrauding everyone," said Fraley." "It's just going to ruin it for anyone doing fundraisers in the future."

Dailey faces up to a $10,000 fine among other charges. Police say when the warrant is issued they will attempt to locate Dailey, who did not show up to a scheduled meeting with the department his fall.

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