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Susquehanna County woman arrested for misuse of charititable funds

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A woman in Susquehanna County has been arrested for theft by deception.

Nicole Covage, 29, of Pocono Summit has been accused of theft by deception and misuse of charitable funds.

Covage is the sole operator of Fall In Ruv, Inc, a registered non-profit animal rescue located in Montrose. According to its website, FallInRuv.org, is a non-profit dog rescue and sanctuary dedicated to helping dogs in need. After a complaint was filed by a citizen, The PA Department of State began a review of the non-profit and noted irregularities. The PA Department of State issued Fall in Ruv a cease and desist order to stop soliciting for contributions.

Department of State, Special Investigator McCole contacted the Susquehanna County District Attorney's Office and a joint criminal investigation was initiated resulting in Covage being criminally charged with theft by deception and related offenses for her misuse of solicited charitable funds given to Fall in Ruv, Inc.

Covage was arrested without incident and arraigned before the District Magistrate. Covage was released on a $2,500 unsecured bond.

The Susquehanna County office of the District Attorney would like to remind you that too often, children and the elderly fall victim to these types of scams, either directly or indirectly. During the holiday season, it is even more important for all residents to be on guard for scams and those they prey upon of the good nature of others. Anyone who has any questions or concerns about a charity operating in Susquehanna County is invited to contact District Attorney Robert Klein.

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