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2 seeking donations for veterans group accused of fraud

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Boulder City Police arrested two Arizona men Friday suspected of unlawfully soliciting donations for the Wounded Warrior Project.

The men stopped at several houses in Boulder City but didn't collect any money, police said. A homeowner who is a retired Army intelligence officer became suspicious of the duo and called police.

Justin Eugene-Shaw Young, 25, and John William Lambert, 21, were arrested in connection with conspiracy to commit fraud after officers determined they weren’t authorized to collect funds on behalf of the organization.

Police recovered paperwork indicating the suspects had collected thousands of dollars from 198 donors in Arizona.

A pit bull was also recovered from the suspects’ vehicle and taken to the Boulder City Animal Shelter. Both men were also charged with leaving the dog in the heat.

Young and Lambert were taken to the Clark County Detention Center. Bail was set at $1,200 each.

Evidence obtained during the investigation will be provided to Arizona law enforcement agencies.

The Wounded Warrior Project is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness and aid for the needs of severely injured veterans.

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