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Sympathizers Beware--Make Sure You Know Where Your Money Is Going

Lonnie Oakes said she'd just watched a KLTV 7 newscast when a number showed up on her caller ID. 

Oakes said a young man's voice told her he was with the Texas State Troopers Association, or TSTA.  Oakes said the call just seemed to come at the wrong time.

"A little girl who will never know her daddy," she said.  "There's a wife who will never know what her and her husband could have had, and there's a department that's torn up, and then somebody calls you on the phone--bogus!"

Karen "Ann" Harris, director of standards and practices with the Better Business Bureau of Central East Texas, said TSTA is a legitimate charitable organization.  But donations that they solicit do not solely go to downed officers or their families.

"The TSTA does call businesses for advertisements to go into their magazine, individuals for donations, but they are not the Texas DPS Officers Association," said Harris.

According to BBB reports, the organization has not provided current information, or has declined to be evaluated in relation to the BBB's charity standards.  Participation is voluntary in those evaluations, but Harris said it is always a good idea to check out an organization's background.

"We believe the lack of cooperation may demonstrate a lack of commitment to transparency," she said.

For more information about the BBB and its reports, go to Know More on 7 and click the Better Business Bureau Link.

Layron Livingston, Reporting.


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