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Brentwood Woman Arrested for Charity Fraud in Whitehall

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A Pattern of Fraud

Something seemed strange when Amanda Krull came to a home in the 700 block of 's Dunn Drive on Wednesday night. As it turned out, something was.

Krull, 22, of 59 Pearl Dr. in neighboring Brentwood Borough, visited the home at around 6:30 that night to ask for donations for an epilepsy research fundraising walk in Washington, DC, from May 1-3.

A woman from nearby Greenlee Road, who was at her father's Dunn Drive home at the time, spoke to Krull and gave her $20, but when the daughter did some research the next morning about the 2012 National Walk for Epilepsy—which was actually completed in March—she called the to report the fraud.

Krull was soon after arrested by constables working for District Magistrate David J. Barton and charged by Whitehall police with one count each of theft by deception, prohibited acts in charitable solicitation and soliciting without a permit.

The daughter called police at around 8 on Thursday morning to report the incident. Krull used her real name, Whitehall police Deputy Chief Richard M. Danko said, and even provided a Carlow University identification card while soliciting.

And when presented with a lineup of suspects, the daughter identified Krull as the culprit.

Danko said that Krull has been arrested numerous times for similar acts since 2009, most recently by Brentwood Borough police on March 24.

Other agencies that have arrested Krull include the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and police departments in Bethel Park, Green Tree, Pleasant Hills, Mt. Lebanon and Castle Shannon

The daughter who contacted Whitehall police said that Krull did not have documentation from the epilepsy walk with her when she came to Dunn Drive, which is one of the things that she found to be suspicious. Krull did have a list of other people's names, though, and donations that she had recently received from those people, the daughter told police.

Whitehall police have released a photo of Krull (above). If you had a similar experience with Krull, you are asked to call your local police department. Whitehall police can be reached at 412-884-1100.

Cash Stolen from Remnant City

Whitehall police received a call from one of the owners of Remnant City on Route 51 at around 9:35 a.m. on Thursday reporting that the carpet store had been broken into overnight.

Police arrived at the scene and determined that there was no forced entry. However, approximately $300 had been stolen from a secret area in the store along with the previous day's business receipts. Money in the store's cash register was undisturbed.

The Allegheny County Crime Lab has processed the scene, and Whitehall police are investigating the incident.

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Cristy Stipetic April 24, 2012 at 10:34 PM
That woman needs to stop fradulantly soliciting money for legitimate causes! She has been at it for years. She got a 20 off of me a few years back!
Robert Edward Healy, III April 24, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Cristy, do your local police know?
Caitlin April 24, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Terrible, this woman came to my house, I turned her away, such a shame!
NoOneSpcl April 25, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Although I do not condone what she has been doing, I can understand why. Everything keeps going up except people's wages. I'm sure she isn't getting rich off of her fraud. It isn't right and she has taken advantage of the kind people who unwittingly donated to the causes she "represented". She is a sick person and should be looked upon as such, with compassion and understanding. She should pay for her crimes.
NoOneSpcl April 25, 2012 at 11:57 AM
She should be sent to work community service for the charities which she falsely represented.
Colleen Kaufman April 25, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Its a shame because that she misrepresented the Epilepsy Foundation. They are a wonderful organization that helps people with epilepsy and seizure disorders. I would like to see them actually get the money that she has collected in their name.
Rebecca O April 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM
I was taken by her.. but the next day did some research and call foundation, found out she was a fraud. Worked with Brentwood police. She walked past my house after we found her out, and we got our check back! She was arrested within an hour or so after we saw her. We need to post her face all over! We gave in, because it touch a sore spot for us. My husband has epilepsy, and he wanted to donate! The more we spread the word, the quicker she will stop. Bad part- she lives the street below me!

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