Some GHS band raffle tickets sold fraudulently

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

It turns out the Greencastle High School band is having a fundraiser.

However, some of the tickets circulating in the community may have been sold by young people misrepresenting themselves as GHS band members.

In a Saturday, Dec. 10 story on a ticket scam allegedly perpetrated by several Greencastle young people, the Banner Graphic reported that the band is not currently selling raffle tickets.

The band is currently selling raffle tickets to raise money for a spring trip to New York City and members of the public are encouraged to support the cause.

Unfortunately, some youths recently stole approximately 500 raffle tickets from the band room. In turn, they sold at least 50 of these tickets, claiming to represent the band.

Instead of raising money, though, they were pocketing the funds.

“You can still buy tickets from legitimate band members,” GHS Principal Russ Hesler told the Banner Graphic this week. “Band members are currently selling tickets. You can ask and they will show you their student IDs.”

The legitimate band members should also be wearing Greencastle Band attire, Hesler emphasized.

“It’s a shame that a few kids give our student body a bad name,” Hesler said.

Authorities are still looking for people who may have been victims of the fraudulent sales.

Anyone who believes he or she has been scammed is encouraged to call Greencastle Police Officer Darrel Bunten on weekdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at GPD at 653-3155. During other hours, contact Putnam County Dispatch at 653-5115.

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