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Local fundraiser under investigation

Police are investigating a charity set up for the late Jimmy Carlson of Darien by a woman who has previously been investigated for creating a similar charity that was ultimately dissolved by Darien Police in 2006.

Dorothy Tregelles, 86, who has also gone by the name Dorothy Powell, and Dorothy Denton, recently filed a certificate of adoption of a trade name in town to raise money for Carlson, whose remains are currently at the state medical examiner’s office.

In 2006, Tregelles, who was going by the name Powell at the time, set up a charity for Carlson, a Darien man who suffered severe permanent injuries when he was attacked by opponents at a Darien High School football game in 1945.

After some people expressed doubts about the fund’s legitimacy, Lt. Ron Bussell of the Darien Detective Bureau said Police Chief Duane Lovello launched a preliminary investigation that was eventually turned over in October 2006 to state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal’s office. Subsequently, he said Blumenthal sent a letter to Dorothy Denton Powell, the woman managing the charity, indicating his concerns that she had not filed all the proper paperwork with the state, including forms detailing how the money will be used.

At that time, Bussell said Powell has filed some of the paperwork — although still not the one that explains for what the money is earmarked. Also, he said the police have obtained a search warrant for and frozen the charity’s bank accounts, which were set up at Chase Bank at 454 Post Road, pending further investigation.

On Wednesday, Bussell told The Darien Times that police eventually filed warrants to seize records on the previous charity, and ultimately seized the funds raised from Darien residents, moving them from the joint account Tregelles set up with Carlson to Carlson’s personal account after confirming she had no legal standing with Carlson.

Bussell said the investigation into Tregelles’s current charity continues.

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