Gouverneur man jailed after allegedly defrauding 11 businesses under guise of charity
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 6:52 am

GOUVERNEUR – A Gouverneur man was jailed on $1,500 cash or $3,000 bond after he allegedly collected money under the guise of charities he was not affiliated with, St. Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies say.

Brian A. Simmons, 34, of 1121 Highway 11, was charged with first-degree scheme to defraud and three counts of third-degree possession of a forged instrument, Tuesday.

Deputies said Simmons allegedly solicited money from 11 businesses throughout St. Lawrence County for various fraudulent causes including bowling tournaments, softball team sponsorships and cancer benefits.

Deputies said his alleged crimes occurred in Gouverneur, Edwards, Fowler, Hermon, Canton, Rossie and Oswegatchie.

Simmons allegedly handed out receipts to the businesses, three of which contained forged signatures, deputies said.

He was sent to St. Lawrence County Jail and held on $1,500 cash bail or $3,000