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Police File More Charges in Magazine-Sales Scam

Posted August 15, 2007

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— Durham police filed charges Wednesday against two men facing charges in Raleigh in connection with a magazine-sales scam, and more charges are possible against other suspects in the case.

Denver Hensel, 21, of Raleigh, and Dustin Blount, 18, of Doylestown, Ohio, each face one count of obtaining property by false pretense.

Investigators say they were part of a group of seven people posing as college athletes to raise money for false causes. After news reports, police in Durham and Morrisville received calls from people who said they gave the group money.

On Monday, Morrisville police also charged Thomas Fuller, 22, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Chris McKim, 21, of Raleigh. More charges were expected against a third person, Heather Austin, 18, of Minerva, Ohio.

Authorities are investigating whether they worked for Quality Subscriptions Inc. of Buford, Ga. The company is under investigation by the Consumer Protection Division of the Georgia Governor's Office.

According to Georgia records, the people who operate the company are affiliated with at least four different business names.

Georgia officials said most of the complaints are from other states and that they think it is a nationwide issue.