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Firefighter, cop convicted of scheme that defrauded first responders

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A Tallahassee firefighter and his police officer wife are due to be sentenced this month after they were found guilty of running a fraudulent charity scheme- one that ripped off the families of first responders.

Joseph and Jennifer Amison of Leon County were found guilty on Friday of theft and fraud charges, including racketeering, grand theft of more than $10,000 and organized scheme to defraud.

Leon County Sheriff’s officials were tipped off to the fraudulent behavior after a fundraising event for fallen Tallahassee firefighters resulted in none of the over $23,535 making its way into the pockets of the bereaved.

LCSO later discovered that the Amisons routinely used false medical issues to delay conversations regarding the whereabouts of the money.

According to Tallahassee.com, LCSO investigators also found the Amisons initiated two other charity efforts to help the families of two Texas State Troopers suffering from terminal brain cancer but did not give them the proceeds.

The pair are to be sentenced on March 27

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