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Woman Accused of Stealing Funds Raised for Charity
53-year-old Tammy Ann Domenick of Wynnview Road in Indian Trail has been arrested and extradited to North Carolina on eight counts of felony obtaining property by false pretenses.
Events leading to her arrest began in January of 2022 as the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports from victims who were scammed out of charitable donations. The victims believed they were donating to a medical fund for a juvenile who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Investigators later learned that the person who set up the fundraising efforts had taken a majority of the donated funds and left the state.
The suspect, Tammy Ann Domenick, had befriended the juvenile’s family after meeting them online. Domenick offered to set up a fundraising campaign for the family to help pay for medical expenses. She presented herself as a marketing and social media professional from the New York area with experience in fundraising.
Domenick also planned to host a major event in Mooresville called “LKN Fest” to help raise money for the family. Several individuals and vendors in the area offered to participate in the event. Vendors and the family later learned that the event was not what Domenick had advertised. The family received no money from donations.
Detectives interviewed the victim’s family, numerous vendors, and sponsors that were slated to participate in LKN Fest. A Detective also made contact with Domenick, who said she was no longer in North Carolina and had moved to California. Through further investigation, Detectives learned that Domenick had deactivated all of her business’ social media pages and had actually moved to Arizona where she started a new company that was identical to the one in North Carolina. Based on the evidence gathered through the course of the investigation, Domenick was charged and her name was entered into a database as a wanted person.
Authorities in Arizona were notified. They located and arrested Domenick without incident. After a long battle with extradition, Domenick was finally brought back to North Carolina last Thursday (May 18). She was given a $200,000 bond on six counts. Detectives obtained more evidence, which led to two more counts and an additional $10,000 secured bond. She remained in jail as of this afternoon (May 24). Domenick will appear in District Court on June 12.