HANFORD — The Hanford Police Department arrested a Fresno man Wednesday for allegedly lying about the death of a family member to collect money for nonexistent burial costs.

Around 3:22 p.m., officers went to the corner of 11th Avenue and Seventh Street for a report of several people holding posters claiming they were collecting money for the burial expenses of a family member.

Police said the suspects gave varying accounts of how and where the relative died. Officers couldn’t find any records of the death they described. Three of the suspects ran from the scene during the investigation.

The remaining suspect, Eugene Banks, 23, of Fresno, was found in possession of nearly $200. The cash was seized as evidence. Banks was arrested and booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of theft by false pretenses. His bail was set at $5,000.

Two of the outstanding suspects were caught on video by the officers’ body-worn cameras. Anyone with information about the identities of these suspects is urged to contact the Hanford Police Department at 585-2540.

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