The management of the Choppers United Sports Club has disclosed that several persons are using the organisation’s name to carry out a financial scam.
In a broadcast message via social media, the club’s management said a man sporting a Rastafarian/dread-locked hairstyle from Cul-de-Sac, along with “some kids” from Marchand, are “passing around town and up north with false sponsor sheet papers picking up money on behalf of Choppers United Sports Club”.
The management said the man, whose name was disclosed in the broadcast, is not authorised to do so, nor are the children.
“My people please don’t put your money in that. This is not true,” the broadcast states.
According to management, the matter has been reported to the police.
A police official told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that they are aware of the matter but could not recall at the time, if a formal report was made.
However, the official stated that sponsorship-sheet scams are almost a daily occurrence in St. Lucia and members of the public are advised to verify with organisations and individuals before giving out money.
“I have contacted the Central and Gros Iset police station and make dem aware of it and they are looking out for him so please spread it to avoid others from sponsoring him,” the broadcast stated, while urging members of the public to spread the message on Facebook.
Head Coach and Event Organiser of the Club, Nickie Louis told SNO that his organisation did use sponsorsheet forms to raise funds for a “kids under-12 soccerama” that took place on February 12, 2017.
However, he said the suspect and several other persons somehow obtained copies of the forms and have been collecting “endless money” from the public without authorisation from the Club.
“I don’t know where they take it (sponsorship forms) from. They keep photocopying it and messing up the club’s name,” Louis said.
“They’re making endless money,” he added.
Louid confirmed that he called the police stations on numerous ocassions but he has not had the time to visit the stations because of his busy schedule.
“I make calls to the police station several times… nobody never call me back,” he said.
A Cul-de-Sac resident confirmed that the suspect “goes to Rodney By scamming people”, adding that “this is going on too long”.
“Up to yesterday I was in Rodney Bay and I saw the guy in KFC with an old beat-up paper asking for sponsors. He does this for the day and come to Cul-de-Sac with groceries and things on evenings,” the resident stated.
The management of the club said it intends to spread the word through the media come Monday.