Two men arrested, charged in high school football donation scam

August 15, 2013

Two men posed as high school students in McLean on Sunday, seeking cash donations for their nonexistent high school football team, police said.

Kevin Crouch, 20, of Temple Hills, and Jerell Henry, 20, of the District, were arrested and charged with one count each of forgery, according to Fairfax County police. They pretended to be students of Thurgood Marshall Academy, a charter school in the District, police said.

Thurgood Marshall Academy has a co-ed flag football team, according to its Web site. But the suspects were reportedly seeking donations for a traditional football team, said Lucy Caldwell, a Fairfax County police spokeswoman.

A woman who donated $20 to the men Sunday contacted police after she researched Thurgood Marshall Academy and realized it did not have a football team, police said.

Police went to a CVS store in the 1400 block of Chain Bridge Road in McLean about 12:30 p.m. Sunday, where the men were reportedly asking for donations.

Authorities say they believe that more than two dozen people may have given cash to the suspects. Caldwell did not know the total amount of money collected.

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