W.Va. Attorney General handling cases of fraud amid flood disaster

Published: Jul. 6, 2016 at 11:23 AM EDT
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Following the historic flooding in West Virginia that killed more than 20 people, West Virginia's Attorney General is warning of scammers trying to take advantage of those affected.

Patrick Morrisey's office is having mobile office hours throughout West Virginia this month as they work to protect West Virginians from charitable fraud and price gouging.

"Most West Virginians have been incredible during this crisis, they've responded, they've helped their brothers and sisters, but there have been some isolated cases of fraud," said Morrisey, adding, "We've been going after that very aggressively."

This week, several people were arrested for falsely claiming that they needed supplies. Others were posing as FEMA representatives to solicit donations.

Morrisey warns the public to do your research on any charities and contact his office if you have any questions.

Until July 7th, First Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg is collecting supplies to help from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Some of the items needed include buckets, brooms, mops and other cleaning supplies.

You can find links for details on how to help in the flood relief effort in the 'Related Stories' section of this article.