5 at­tempt to cheat Dolly Par­ton fund

The Maui News - - TODAY’S PEOPLE -

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — Five peo­ple have been charged in Ten­nessee with con­spir­ing to de­fraud the My Peo­ple Fund of Dolly Par­ton’s Dol­ly­wood Foun­da­tion, set up to help peo­ple af­fected by wild­fires last year.

The Knoxville News Sen­tinel re­ports a Se­vier County grand jury charged De­bra Kay Catlett; her son, Chad Alan Cham­bers; Rocco Boscalia; An­nie Lyons; and Es­ther Pride­more. The charges include money laun­der­ing, crim­i­nal con­spir­acy and felony theft. An ar­raign­ment date hasn’t been set.

Par­ton es­tab­lished the fund soon af­ter the wild­fires, which claimed 14 lives and de­stroyed thou­sands of homes and busi­nesses.

Dol­ly­wood Foun­da­tion Pres­i­dent David Dot­son said the fund helped 900 fam­i­lies with about $9 mil­lion in the first six months af­ter the fires.

Records al­lege the ac­cused were able to take about $12,000 be­fore be­ing dis­cov­ered.

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