WENY News - Elmira woman arrested for scam PAW Patrol event

Elmira woman arrested for scam PAW Patrol event

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ELMIRA HEIGHTS, N.Y. (WENY) - Police have arrested an Elmira woman in connection to a PAW Patrol themed event that turned out to be a scam.

According to the Chemung County Sheriff's Office, 30-year-old Nicole Widrig is charged with 1st degree Scheme to Defraud. Authorities say Widrig hosted a PAW Patrol themed event at the Elmira Heights American Legion on November 19th. After the event, the Sheriff's Office received numerous calls from individuals that attended reporting the event was a scam.

According to those reports, Widrig misrepresented the event as a benefit for an unnamed charity helping children in need during the holiday season. 

According to the Sheriff's Office, Widrig got two PAW Patrol character costumes for the event by claiming she was hosting an event for the family of a child that had cancer.

Nearly 400 people attended the event. Some purchased raffle and 50/50 tickets for prizes that were not provided until days after the event or some not at all.

The Sheriff's Office says Widrig contact the Arctic League in Elmira and made arrangements to make a donation after she realized she was under investigation.

Widrig was released on an appearance ticket and will reappear in court at a later date.

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