Thief posing as AIDS Walk fund-raiser, duped many into donations

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The AIDS Walk Kansas City is in its 26th year. Michael Lintecum, the event director for the walk, said donations are higher than ever. However, police say one man wanted in on that for himself and took even more in the process.

While Mark Washington was going door-to-door in Westport, a probable cause statement shows he swiped the keys to a shop owner’s car while acting like a fundraiser for the AIDS Walk.

Police say they found more than 100 people who donated directly to Washington even though he had no affiliation.

Lintecum reacted saying he was disappointed.

“Not only am I disappointed, but everyone that is committed to the mission of AIDS Walk and all the great folks in the Kansas City area that support us,” he said.

Before his arrest, people spotted Washington in Westport, Brookside and Hyde Park.

Police and the AIDS Walk are encouraging people to donate safely and warning those who donated that they may have been put at risk for identity theft.

“Always write it directly to the organization, not to the individual that is soliciting, always to the organization,” Lintecum said.

Police say it's still early in the investigation, but if you think you donated to this man, you should check your credit information and contact Kansas City police.

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