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Panhandler using local charity's name in vain
by Joan Durbin
jdurbin@neighbornewspapers.com
May 08, 2013 10:25 AM | 1786 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
North Fulton Community Charities is putting out a warning to local residents about a panhandler who reportedly is using the nonprofit’s name as part of his panhandling spiel.

NFCC’s executive director, Barbara Duffy, sent a letter to media outlets outlining what she calls a “scam.” According to the letter, people on the street, in shops and at fast food eateries are being approached by a man who says he needs money for a MARTA pass to get to work.

The man, who uses different names but usually calls himself Reggie, also shows the person a printout of an alleged appointment at NFCC and “is very upset because he is late and NFCC is waiting for him,’” Duffy said in the letter.

One tipoff that things aren’t as represented is that he usually gives the address where NFCC was housed until 2005 and not the current location on Elkins Road in Roswell.

In an email last week, Duffy said NFCC helped “Reggie” in the past, but he is not a current client.

“Reggie does not live in our service area. When someone comes to NFCC who does not live in Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek or Milton, NFCC will assist with food and referrals,” Duffy said.

“Reggie applied for help at NFCC in September of 2011 and we gave him food, MARTA fare and referrals to agencies closer to where he lives. In 2012 he visited our Thrift Shop and caused a commotion when he reported that someone had stolen his bookbag. NFCC assisted him with another bookbag and supplies.

“Several days later, he came again to the Thrift Shop, using another name but same birth date and ID number, and made the same claim. Our staff recognized him and our security officer escorted him off the premises.”

Since then, Duffy said, NFCC has heard from some residents who have encountered Reggie.

Anyone who has fallen for the fictitious sob story and wants to file a complaint may contact Roswell police.

“Several well-meaning individuals have driven him to NFCC, but it often is evening or weekend when he knows NFCC’s office is not open. Others have driven him to North Springs MARTA and/or given him the money he ‘needs,’” Duffy said.

He has been using this same story since July and “has successfully paid for the fictitious $93 MARTA pass many, many times over, including five times in just the last three weeks that NFCC knows about,” she said.
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