Volusia County, Fla. – An Ormond Beach man who claimed to be the founder and CEO of an organization meant to raise money for military veterans was arrested Friday by Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies who determined that he scammed supporters out of their money.
Deputies say 46 year old Christopher Blake is accused of setting up the Second Chance Veterans Foundation website.
The site claims to be a 501c3 organization and that it is working with Veteran Affairs and the NAACP among many others.
Deputies said the foundation was a fraud and fears they may be other victims.
The investigation began last week after the Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from a local business that provided Blake with promotional material for a fundraiser, but never got paid for it.
Detectives found a promotion for a Memorial Day raffle of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that was said to be donated by Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley Davidson on display at Ace Cafe in Orlando. Turns out Rossmeyer has denied ever donating a Harley, and Ace said that no Harley was on display for Blake or his alleged organization.
Detectives also learned after going to his office address that he hadn’t paid rent in about six months.
Another victim was former NFL running back Gerald Briggs, who was a celebrity guest at a golf tournament Blake was having, and whose $ 2,500 check was returned for insufficient funds.
Blake was transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail and has been held on a $ 10,000 bail.
Anyone who has donated money to Second Chance Veterans Foundation or has been victimized by Blake’s schemes to defraud is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 386-254-1537.