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Spa City man arrested in Plattsburgh for phony fundraising

On Tuesday, July 27, State Police in Plattsburgh arrested Deran Akullian Jr.,52, of Saratoga Springs, for scheme to defraud in the first degree.

According to police reports, Akullian placed candy jugs in businesses with a sign charging 25 cents per piece of candy, stating that 100 percent of net proceeds would go to the Regional Food Bank, when in fact, only a very small percentage actually made it to the Food Bank, if any at all. The profits were kept by him. If anyone has a similar incident, or information regarding this case, police are asking you to call the New York State Police in Plattsburgh at 563-3761.

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