Vernon police are warning local businesses not to donate to an out-of-state business claiming to be raising funds on behalf of “Rockville Athletics.”
The business does not have permission to raise any money for Vernon Public Schools and the district has not received any of the money collected, police said.
Several local businesses sent checks to the out-of-state business under the impression the donations would be used for athletic programs at Rockville High School, police learned this week. They did not say which businesses or how much money had been donated.
The out-of-state solicitor mailed “a small number of low quality printed T-shirts” to the district with the school’s logo and advertisements for the donors, but the district never requested the shirts and the company did not have permission to print them, police said.
Investigators warned that residents and businesses should verify that a group soliciting donations is authorized to collect that money. Checks should only be made to the organization being donated to and only mailed to an official address.
Vernon police are following up with the state attorney general’s office about the out-of-state business’ work.