Man accused of 'Dominican donation' scam

Police say they have arrested a man accused of scamming thousands of dollars from Bronx residents who believed they were donating to a worthy cause.

Investigators say Francisco Alberto Gautreaux-Calcano posed as a Dominican embassy worker and told his victims he was collecting money for charities.

Officials say he accepted donations from people living in some of the poorest areas of The Bronx, telling donors that their money would be used to ship ambulances and fire trucks to the Caribbean nation.

Instead, Calcano allegedly pocketed more than $15,000. The 42-year-old now faces a list of charges, including grand larceny.

The district attorney's office says it is working to get victims their money back.

Any other people who believe they may have been scammed are urged to call the Immigration Affairs hotline at 1-800-566-7636.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."