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Woman admits to selling phony 50/50 tickets, lying about Humane Society connection

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GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) -

(03/27/14) - She admits she lied about who she was to get people to give her money.

How'd the cops catch her? Facebook and a very observant "friend".

"We solely rely on the donations of our community and the community has been very good to us," said Dawn Johnson, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Genesee County.

It takes trust, and that's something the shelter takes seriously.

"We sell raffle tickets. We do 50/50," Johnson said. "We have a couple big events coming up."

But none now. So they were, understandably, concerned when they received a message on Facebook asking if the Human Society was out collecting money, Tuesday.

"We weren't. We put out a statement on Facebook. It was shared thousands of times in a couple of minutes."

Thirty-three-year-old Kristina Teveit was arrested and charged with three misdemeanors for that fake fundraising.

Grand Blanc Township Police say a Hill Road Halo Burger employee saw something suspicious, saw the post on Facebook and called it in.

"I didn't know what to say and Humane Society popped into my head," Teveit said in court during her hearing, Thursday. "I sold 50/50 lottery tickets."

Teveit, from the Flushing area, pleaded guilty to the charge connected to that and also to driving while her license was suspended. She pleaded not guilty to a drug paraphernalia possession charge.

Teveit said she was selling the tickets at a nearby bowling alley and never mentioned Halo Burger.

She admitted she has no connection to the Humane Society.

Johnson is just glad she got caught. She wants the community to know they can easily check online for valid fundraising efforts.

"We will always have that posted on our website or Facebook or both," Johnson said.

Johnson said you can always call the shelter too. The number is 810-744-0511.

Grand Blanc Township Police Detective Todd Gilbert said they believe Teveit collected less than $100, Tuesday, selling those fake tickets.

Teveit will be sentenced Tuesday.

She was also arraigned in a second Grand Blanc Township case during the same court hearing, Thursday. Teveit pleaded guilty to another count of driving while her license was suspended. She pleaded not guilty to another drug paraphernalia possession charge and also possession of a controlled substance.

Bond, for both cases combined, was set at $17,500 by 67th District Court Judge Mark Latchana.

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