Police: Woman posed as officer, asked for donations at Sam's Club

Woman charged with theft, impersonating officer

GREENWOOD, Ind. - A woman was arrested Wednesday on charges of theft and impersonating a public servant after she posed as a member of the Greenwood Police Department and asked for donations at a Sam's Club, police said.

Elizabeth White, 56, of Indianapolis, was arrested after management at Sam's Club told police that a woman who identified herself as Karen Jones was purported to be soliciting for charity outside the store.

Greenwood police detectives went undercover, posing as Sam's Club employees, when White came into the store to pick up a gift card and a Sony PlayStation, police said.

"White handed the detective a flyer, stickers and several pens for the Indiana Police Officers Association," Greenwood police said in a news release.

When questioned, White told police she collects donations for the organization and that the donations are then given to charity. She said she is then given 10 percent of the retail value of any donations she brings in.

Greenwood police said they could not verify the organization's legitimacy.

"IPOA has no ties to the Greenwood Police Department and never has," Greenwood police said. "The investigation could not determine that the IPOA had any affiliations with any police departments."

Detectives said the address listed on the flyer doesn't exist and that the organization's website doesn't list an address or contact information.

Police said White told them she regularly met with someone at a gas station on 71st Street in Indianapolis to exchange donations for payment.

White was released from the Johnson County Jail after posting $6,000 bond.

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