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Was print shop a scam victim?

Donation to softball tournament a loss

October 14, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — A local business may have paid the price for trying to do a good deed.

The Logo Shop, a T-shirt printing business located on Marcy Street, fell victim to Jeffrey Trifone's alleged scam. Police have charged Trifone, 37, of 87 Red Fox Boulevard, with two counts of larceny under $250 by false pretenses. Police arrested him Friday, Oct. 8 on suspicion he claimed he was raising money on behalf of the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life. Authorities have not said whether Trifone was referring to the Southbridge Area Relay For Life, or another Relay event.

Dudley District Court Judge Neil Snider, during a Tuesday, Oct. 12 hearing, continued Trifone's case until Monday, Nov. 22. Trifone is out on bail, and earlier this week denied he committed any crime. He said he was raising money to hold a charity softball tournament, but was unable to specify exactly what or whom the event would benefit. He said he was raising money "just to donate to help get some teams together."

Ron Ravenelle, the co-chair of the Southbridge Area Relay For Life, said Trifone's efforts were not connected to his event.

Meanwhile, the Logo Shop is out $75. According to court records, shop owner Tom Vangel, who has known Trifone for a while, told police, on Thursday, Oct. 7, that Trifone had asked him for a $35 donation for a softball tournament. Vangel agreed and wrote a check in Trifone's name, according to the report.

"Trifone stated that it was part of the Relay For Life Organization," the report reads.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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