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Charity Swindle Hits Woodbury’s Prestwick Golf Club

A man has been charged after saying he was organizing a celebrity golf tournament for a charity.

A man who got officials at Prestwick Golf Club to donate $2,500 for a phony charity event has been charged with felony theft by swindle.

Todd Allen Rocha, 54, faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the criminal complaint:

On May 21, a manager at Prestwick contacted police to report that staff had agreed to host a celebrity golf tournament and had given organizers a $2,500 check for the event.

But the manager later learned that Rocha was not associated with the charity and officials there did not know of any planned golf tournament.

The manager told police she had several meetings with Rocha and issued a check from Prestwick to the charity on Feb. 8; it was cashed Feb. 14.

A contract—signed by the golf course owner and Rocha—was drawn up for the event, and Woodbury police learned there were misspellings in it and had the incorrect address for the charity. The event was scheduled for June.

Once the check was issued, Prestwick management had difficulty contacting Rocha, and officials from the charity said he was not one of their representatives or employees.

Woodbury police tracked the check, and found it had been deposited at a bank in Medina, Minn., in an account named “Hybridia Foundation” opened by Lu Maanum, aka Dr. Lu Magnum.

She then wired $1,500 to an Apaulo Music Productions account in California. Rocha is an authorized user of that account, and Maanum told police Rocha gave her the check from Prestwick.

 

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Rhonda Fitzgerald October 10, 2012 at 03:08 PM
This is why people chose not to assist others, people who abuse "charities" and "fundraising".
Kris Janisch October 10, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Yeah, it's too bad people spoil it for legitimate organizations.
Simon D October 10, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I got one for you. Its called the Human Fund. Please send cash.
Kris Janisch October 10, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Co-stan-za.
Simon D October 10, 2012 at 07:07 PM
figured it wouldn't take long for someone to place that one.
D.J. October 10, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Bad manager. Just write a check without checking credentials. First thing: get the tax I.D.# and verify the charity. If they really want the money they'll wait a few days. In this situation both parties were the stupid one.
CRoth January 12, 2013 at 06:12 PM
The Lu Maanum, a.k.a Dr. Lu Magnum, referred to in this article has other aliases such as Dr. Lu Ann Walters (http://www.privateschoolreview.com/school_ov/school_id/31404), Luann Walters (Hennepin County Case No. 27-CO-04-0511020), Lou Walters (Hennepin County Case No. 27-CO-01-0314144), LuAnn Walter (Hennepin County Case No. 27-CV-08-28276). One related incident involving this person was documented in a 2008 StarTribune article titled: All set for school but no place to go, thanks to accreditation lapse. Link to article: http://www.startribune.com/local/west/31145899.html?page=all&prepage=1&c=y#continue
Christy Morrell-Stinson December 09, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Due diligence requires us to research thoroughly before dismissing someone as having criminal intent, or even negligence. Changing your last name does not construe an "Alias" and having similar forms of your name appear on various documents is a rather common occurrence. You might ask yourself why someone would want to discredit a fellow citizen, and look into the story more deeply before jumping to any conclusions.
Christy Morrell-Stinson December 09, 2013 at 05:33 PM
To clarify, my comment is only regarding the comment above mine, by a "CRoth" logged on January 12, 2013 at 06:12 PM. It has nothing to do with the person charged in the charity swindle. It does have to do with the other party who was implicated in the crime, by cashing a check. I suspect there is more to the story, and that the person cashing the check was also deceived rather than being an intentional party to swindling good people out of charitable contributions.

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