The Burlington Police Department is looking for a Yanceyville man accused of obtaining money under false pretenses through a GoFundMe page.
Members of the BPD issued a statement on Friday morning detailing how 56-year-old David Lynn Gable of Yanceyville used a photo of a Burlington woman under false pretenses to raise funds while telling people the money would go to pay for his daughter’s bone marrow transplant at Duke University.
According to the press release, a young woman named Karen Hunter reported to police on July 23 that someone was using a photo of her without her consent. The photo was featured on a flyer that said the girl in the photo, allegedly Tammy Wilson, was his daughter, and had leukemia.
Local media outlets picked up the story and police said numerous people in the Burlington and Asheboro areas were providing donations to Gable, who was pretending to be Walker’s father.
Detectives with the BPD continued their investigation and determined Gable had committed the offense of obtaining property by false pretense. Their investigation led to them naming Gable as the suspect.
“The perpetrator might be right down the street,” warned Lt. Darrell McLean, Public Information/Community Relations Officer for the Caswell County Sheriff’s Department. “We document the incident and learn the tactics of these scammers so we can catch them.”
Despite the efforts of local law enforcement, catching these scammers isn’t an easy task. Many of them are experts at hiding their tracks and are often operating from another state or country.
“We do the best we can to put the information out there on our Facebook page, of course we protect the names of the victims, but I wish we could help them more but when you have folks committing these acts and they’re in different countries and other states or halfway around the world, what can you really do?” McLean said.
No matter how clever these perpetrators are, there are measures local residents can take to avoid becoming a victim.
“Education and awareness are powerful tools and it’s our goal to encourage residents to be careful what they’re doing online and avoid giving money to people or groups they don’t know,” McLean said.
Charges are currently pending on Gable, but he has not yet been apprehended.
Burlington detectives believe there are other victims that have not come forward yet from both the Burlington and Asheboro areas. Police want residents to know that if they made donations to Gable, they should contact their local law enforcement agency to file a report.
The BPD is currently seeking anyone with information regarding this investigation or the location of Gable. Call the Burlington Police Department at 336-229-3500. For anonymous methods, call the Alamance County-wide Crimestoppers at 336-229-7100.
Nearly 50 people have already donated a total of $1,200 to Gable’s GoFundMe account, listed on the flyer.