FARMINGTON, MO (KFVS) - A Farmington, Missouri man accused of misleading donors has reached a settlement with the Attorney General’s Office.
The consent judgement filed in St. Francois County required Terry Lemons to make sure that funds collected in the future be registered as non-profit 501(c)(3) and a receipt given to donors.
The Thin Blue Line Tahoe, which Lemon called a rolling memorial, needs to be under the control of a registered charity. Lemons was not required to pay any fines or penalties.
Lemons said he will continue to bring awareness to officers who keep the community safe, perhaps with creating another vehicle and making sure he follows all rules and regulations.
According to Attorney General Josh Hawley in May 2017, Terry Lemons told donors that he was raising money for a memorial to honor fallen enforcement officers.
Lemons reportedly solicited donations from businesses in southeast Missouri using a "portable memorial."
He used the name of “Thin Blue Line Tahoe” and claimed it was a nonprofit corporation, according to Hawley.
Instead, Hawley said Lemons used the money to make his personal Chevrolet Tahoe look like a police patrol vehicle. It has radar equipment, a shotgun, emergency lights, and a computer.
Lemons allegedly used the rest of the money to buy things at bars, restaurants, and an account on match.com