State Police warn about potential donation scams for fallen trooper

Updated: 05/31/2014 6:36 PM
Created: 05/31/2014 1:15 PM WHEC.com

State Police are warning the public about potentially fraudulent accounts online made for the family of a fallen trooper.

Officials say online donation accounts have been set up following the death of Trooper Christopher Skinner. He was hit by a vehicle around noon Thursday during a traffic stop near Binghamton and was killed instantly. State Police say he was on a routine traffic stop Thursday when the truck driver, Almond Upton, purposely swerved his truck into Skinner, killing him instantly. Police dogs tracked Upton in a wooded area nearby where he was found naked. 

However, troopers say these accounts, said to be for the family of Trooper Skinner, may be fraudulent. At this time, troopers say there are only two official funds set up for donations. "The Skinner Children Ed Fund" set up at Vision Federal Credit Union and the Signal 30 Fund.

Troopers say anyone wishing to help out should use these options, as the other sites have not been verified.

Funeral arrangements have been set for Trooper Skinner. Calling hours will be held at Community Baptist Church in Port Dickinson on Monday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday morning at First Baptist Church in Johnson City starting at 11 a.m.

The suspect in his death, Upton, is currently in custody and charged with murder.

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