Possible Meals on Wheels imposter on the loose - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/30/10

Possible Meals on Wheels imposter on the loose

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A local family believes there is a Meals on Wheels imposter on the loose after someone tried to take money from their 100-year-old family member.

Mack Johnson said it happened Tuesday to his mother-in-law who uses Meals on Wheels. Johnson said his mother-in-law told him a tall white man came to her door saying he was a volunteer with the organization.

The man showed her a piece of paper with the meals on wheels letter head typed on it and then he asked her for gas money. After she refused to give him the man drove off in what she believes was a white van. "When I described what had happened, the officer said yes they had reports of a similar description of a van and a man that was soliciting people in neighborhoods for money," said Johnson.

Johnson said he knew something was wrong because the man came hours after lunch time, around 3 p.m. He also said his mother-in-law didn't recognize the man. "We know the people that come, they don't come every day but there's usually a weekly rotation and we recognize the people when they come and of course they also have a meal in their hands," said Johnson.

Meals on Wheels said this man isn't associated with them and that all volunteers are required to wear photo ID badges.

Meals on Wheels Director Lorrie Bellair said this has never happened before and that volunteers would never ask for gas money.

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