ALBERTA

Shalayne Whitney Lewis Arrested: Edmonton Police Lay Charges In Doughnut Flood Fraud

07/15/2013 02:38 EDT | Updated 07/15/2013 03:19 EDT

The Edmonton Police Service has arrested a woman in connection to a flood fundraising scam that raised the ire of Albertans.

Shalayne Whitney Lewis, 24, has been charged with fraud and possession of instruments for forgery, after patrol members were flagged down by Good Samaritans over the weekend, the EPS said in a release.

"A 24-year-old woman is facing fraud charges in connection with a southern Alberta flood relief doughnut scam that allegedly cost numerous Edmonton and area residents thousands of dollars in savings," the release states.

EPS put out a warning over the weekend, after a woman was alleged to have sold Krispy Kreme doughnuts as a fundraiser to help victims of the southern Alberta flood.

The woman is believed to have only accepted card payments - the information belonging to those cards was allegedly compromised in the process.

Police believe victims were taken for countless of thousands of dollars.

Good Samaritans led police to the suspect after seeing a photo of the suspect and reading a description released by the EPS, police said.

The woman is accused of having solicited funds for the flood relief effort in shopping outlets throughout Edmonton, police said.

Anyone who might have also fallen victim to this alleged scam is asked to contact the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.

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