Man accused of creating fake GoFundMe for slain Detroit officer

DETROIT, MICH. - A man in his 20s was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of creating a fake GoFundMe account in the name of recently slain Detroit Police Sgt. Kenneth Steil.

The man's mother, who is in her 40s, also was arrested after police said she nearly hit a police officer with her car outside her home.

"She was speeding and almost struck one of our officers," said Officer Dan Donakowski, a Detroit police spokesman.

Donakowski said police raided the home in the 11200 block of Courville about 3:30 p.m. after receiving a tip about the bogus account.Donakowski said the man is believed to have also set up several other fraudulent GoFundMe accounts. Donakowski did not know how much money, if any, had been collected.

Lt. Christopher Cole, who was on the scene, said police don't believe the arrested man knew Steil's family, nor did he have any connection with the police department.

"I think it's a disgrace to the family of Sgt. Ken Steil," Cole said.

Officers on the scene discovered several marijuana plants growing in the backyard and some inside the house. Firearms were also found.

The man's brother was under arrest in connection with the marijuana-grow operation, Cole said.

Police did not release any other details and were still on the scene Wednesday evening.


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