Sheriff warns of possible scam claiming to raise money for fallen sergeant

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CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - The sheriff's office is warning residents of a possible scam purporting to be collecting money for the family of a sheriff's deputy who was killed while on duty last year.

They say residents should be wary of envelopes that may have been left in mailboxes, particularly in the area of Midway Boulevard and Lakeview Boulevard, printed with the logo and name of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  The envelopes contain a hand-written note claiming to be raising money for the family of Sgt. Michael Wilson.

Sgt. Wilson died on August 5th, 2013 while responding to a domestic violence call at an apartment complex in Port Charlotte.  He was ambushed by an armed man who shot Sgt. Wilson in the chest, then committed suicide.

Tuesday, Sheriff's office investigators met with officials from the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  They report that some of their printed offering collection envelopes were missing and had apparently been left at mailboxes of houses in the area.

While there is a trust set up in Sgt. Wilson’s name, neither the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church nor the Wilson family authorized any such collection of funds in this manner.

Anyone who has received such an envelope is warned against putting money in it. Simply throw the envelope away.

However, anyone who saw the person who distributed the envelopes or who might have information concerning that person’s identity is asked to please call the Sheriff’s Office at (941) 639-2101.