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SUMMIT CO., Ohio — The Summit County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after fraudulent donations were collected from over 40 people from someone claiming to be with the Shop-With-A-Cop program.

According to a release from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, citizens were being contacted on the phone by someone soliciting the donations.

The caller would say he was calling on behalf of the sheriff’s office and that it was operating in conjunction with the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club.

The release states that the club is a legitimate charitable organization. But the sheriff’s office is not affiliated with the club and is not currently soliciting donations for the Shop-With-A-Cop program.

The release states that fraudulent donations were collected from over 40 residents and local area businesses.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Detective Bureau has identified one suspect so far. That suspect faces charges of impersonating a peace officer and fraud.

Investigators ask that anyone who was contacted in 2016 by someone collecting Shop-With-A-Cop donations on behalf of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office call authorities at 330-643-2131.