Charlottesville Police Arrest Man Accused of Fraud
William Randolph Pierce
A man accused of raising money for a bogus charity is facing criminal charges in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.
Investigators say William Randolph Pierce told people he was with the National Veterans and Wellness Healing Center in Angel Fire, New Mexico, and was collecting money from businesses here for a benefit event to help wounded soldiers in the area.
Pierce maintains his innocence and says the event was canceled by the venue on a rescheduled date of April 20. Pierce says the information will all come out in court.
Albemarle County Police Department Press Release
On April 11, 2013 Charlottesville Police arrested William Randolph Pierce and charged him with felony obtaining money by false pretenses. Pierce has also been charged with three additional counts of the same charge by the Albemarle County Police Department. These charges are the result of a joint investigation into an allegation of unlawful solicitation of money by Pierce.
It is alleged that Pierce purported himself to be a representative of the National Veterans and Wellness Healing Center in Angel Fire, New Mexico and received money from area businesses to be used to hold a benefit event for a local wounded soldier. To date Pierce has collected in excess of $5,000. Pierce has been released from the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail on a $15,000 secured bond and the case has been set for a preliminary hearing.
If you have any information or feel you may be a victim of this fraud please contact Detective Woodzell of the Charlottesville Police Department at 434-970-3210 or Det. Woycik of the Albemarle County Police Department at 434-296-5894.