A man who is accused of setting up a bogus website to solicit charitable donations in memory of an Escondido Police officer who was killed by her husband during an alleged domestic dispute has pled not guilty to fraud charges.
The 25 year-old defendant, Sami Saeed was taken into custody last week and remains in custody at the Vista Jail on $225,000 bail bonds.
Jail records show Saeed faces nine different felony charges including forgery, receiving stolen property, theft and others.
Officers believe the defendant is also involved in another, similar scam designed to defraud would-be charitable donors out of money. In this case, he pretended to be involved with the Escondido PD and was asking for any donation, even just a few dollars, to help the family pay for expenses.
Family members of the slain officer said they don’t know and have never met the defendant and they’re thankful his plot was discovered before the website was launched.
An investigation team from the San Diego Police Department learned it was being put together last week, so they acted quickly.
Saeed is currently out on bail on another case. At the time of that arrest he was accused of stealing cell phones from people at a local mall.
His next court date is scheduled for August 12.
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