A couple that police said were posing as fundraisers for the "Support Our Troops Foundation" outside a Glen Burnie grocery store were charged Friday.
Police said Amanda Ashley Miskimon and Matthew David Michalski were not authorized to collect donations on behalf of the foundation and were pocketing the money.
Officers were called to a Giant supermarket on Crain Highway by a person who had donated funds and called the number on a flier the couple were distributing and heard their cellphone ringing.
Officers arrested the couple but did not find the jar with the money.
During an interview, they told police they had posed as fundraisers before and were trying to support a drug habit.
Michalski, 25, disputed the charges, saying said been collecting money for two years and donating the funds to local veterans groups. He added that he and his girlfriend, Miskimon, 21, do not do drugs.
"We were actually trying to do the right thing," he said.
He said that when the person donating money called the number of the flier, his phone started ringing because someone else was trying to call him.
Michalski, of 7200 block of Stratton Way in Baltimore and Miskimon, of the 7900 block of Stratman Road in Dundalk, were charged with theft and fraud-misrepresenting fundraising. Neither had an attorney listed in online court records.
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