OGDENSBURG, N.Y. (WWNY) - An Ogdensburg woman, who founded a group to improve her city, is accused of using charitable donations to buy personal items like beer, cigarettes and Netflix.
City police arrested 36 year old Kristen Legault of 7407 State Highway 37 on Friday.
She's charged with a felony count of first-degree scheme to defraud.
Police said they received a complaint on September 9 about Legault's organization, Operation Save Our City.
According to police, Legault held several fundraisers in order to fund the cost of the organization, but she had been using the money for her own personal expenses. Police said she purchased Juul vaping pods, beer, cigarettes, groceries and Netflix.
Legault was released on an appearance ticket returnable to Ogdensburg City Court on October 29.
If you donated to Operation Save Our City, you're asked to contact Detective Jarret LeClair at the Ogdensburg Police Department at 315-393-1555.
7 News reached out to Legault for comment. She issued the following statement:
“I started Operation Save Our City because I care about our city. This initiative is important to me, and I want others to know that I never knowingly or willingly attempted to defraud anyone. I am seeking counsel to assist me further with this situation. I have been fully cooperative with the investigation and willingly turned myself in.”
Last April, 7 News reported on Legault and Operation Save Our City. At the time, she said she was inspired to start the group after finding discarded needles and garbage near one of her favorite fishing spots.