Ishpeming man arraigned for fundraising felony

ISHPEMING – An Ishpeming man has been arraigned on a felony charge, suspected of misrepresenting his efforts to raise money for a local charity in November 2012.

Scott Edward Martin, 40, was arrested recently on a one-count felony warrant for violation of the State Charitable Solicitation Act, an offense punishable by up to five years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Marquette County Sheriff’s deputies said in a news release Monday Martin had been arraigned in district court in Ishpeming and had posted a $500 bond.

He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary examination at 11 a.m. March 18 in Ishpeming.

“The investigation was initiated as Martin is alleged to have been conducting a charitable event for the ‘Bubba Croley Foundation’ with proceeds of the event to be donated to the foundation,” the news release said. “Martin is alleged in the investigation that he knowingly misrepresented or misled others in his efforts to raise money for the ‘Bubba Croley Foundation’ as expected proceeds from the charitable event have not been received.”

Christopher “Bubba” Croley, 13, of Ishpeming died Oct. 6, 2012 from injuries suffered in a traffic crash in Middle Inlet, Wis.

Police said they have investigated the alleged Martin case over a period of several months and they continue to investigate the incident.