Phoenix boy mauled by dog becomes victim of scam

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by Tanya Mendis

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azfamily.com

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 8:06 PM

PHOENIX -- A scammer is trying to turn the pain of a Phoenix boy's dog mauling injuries into profit.

Four-year-old Kevin Vicente faces a number of expensive surgeries and a lifetime of scars from the injuries he sustained in the February pit bull attack. His family has a page set up online where supporters can receive updates on Kevin's progress and donate money to his mounting medical bills.

3TV has learned that someone has set up a fake Facebook account using Kevin's photos and background story. The account claims the pictures are of a boy named Adam Lewis and includes links to a donation page claiming to solicit funds for medical bills.

Friends of the Vicente family confirmed that money is not going to Kevin.

"Kevin has been through enough," said John Schill, the attorney who defended the pit bull named Mickey. "He’s a victim in this case. He doesn’t need to be victimized again."

So far, the fake donation page has only collected $30.

Supporters of Kevin are writing on the fake Facebook page, calling the creator a "scam artist" and warning people not to donate.

A spokesperson for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says they are looking into whether they can investigate the Facebook fraud.

"I hope that these pictures are investigated and whoever is behind it is prosecuted," Schill said.

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