Fraud charges laid over phoney forest-fire appeal
Police in Corner Brook have charged two teenagers with fraud connected to a door-to-door appeal over this summer's forest fires in Labrador.
In early July, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary in Corner Brook received a complaint that someone was asking for donations for residents of western Labrador who had lost property in forest fires.
Police warned at the time that the appeal was a scam, and that no organizations were soliciting money on behalf of any causes connected to the forest fires.
The RNC has now charged a woman, 18, and a 17-year-old girl with fraud under $5,000.
The two suspects were released from custody on an order to appear later in provincial court.
Forest fires in western Labrador in late June were so severe that the Town of Wabush underwent a two-day evacuation over concerns about air quality. It took crews several weeks to extinguish the fires.