WALLA WALLA -- Six people have been arrested in connection with what Walla Walla Police said was a fraud ring operating in the Walla Walla Valley.
Five women and one man were booked into Walla Walla County Jail Saturday after city police and Walla County Sheriff's Deputies were inundated with numerous calls regarding door-to-door solicitors operating in the area the past several days.
In an earlier press release, Walla Walla Police Officer Tim Bennett said the solicitors were claiming to be raising money for the "Wounded Warrior Project" or to help the Walla Walla High School softball team go to Hawaii.
Bennett said the six solicitors arrested were brought in to the police station for questioning late Saturday afternoon after more complaints came in to the 911 dispatch center.
Those arrested were identified as Katrina B. Glock, 24; Skyler E. P. Garber, 18; Kara K. Newman, 24; Mariah A. Axelton, 19; Krystal L. Killian, 21, and Daniel K. Lines, 39. Glock, Garber, Newman, Axelton and Killian were being held for investigation of first-degree criminal impersonation and Lines was being held for investigation of first-degree complicity to criminal impersonation.
Bennett said the suspects were part of a group of 27 people, mainly young females, who were participating in the door-to-door solicitations from Walla Walla to the Yakima Valley. Police in the Tri-Cities area have also had contact with these subjects who had all been staying in a motel in Sunnyside, Wash., since working their way from California and Western Washington.
The company they work for is Majestic Sales LLC, Bennett said. Residents are urged to call police if they have given funds to or been contacted by this group. City residents are asked to call 527-4434 and county residents should call 524-5400.
Andy Porter can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8318.