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Springfield Man Zachary Rosenberger Uses Stock Image Of Special Needs Children For Fraudulent Christmas GoFundMe


There are only 8 more days until Christmas, so people should be on guard against scam artists who use the holiday season to defraud well-intentioned people. However, some scams are more obvious than others, and this GoFundMe shared in a 413 (Springfield) yard sale page might be the most despicable one of all time.

“Toys for special needs children.”

Sounds pretty specific. Any details in the explanation Zachary Rosenberger?

“I am raising money for Toy’s to give special needs children.”

He’s raising money to buy toys to give to those two kids in the picture. Who are they? Not sure. How will the toys get to them? Who knows. But it sure sounds like something a desperate junkie would write if they were trying to scam people around Christmas time.

A quick reverse image search shows that Zachary Rosenberger used a stock image that you can find by Googling “special needs kids.”

Here’s one site I found it on.

What makes it even worse is that by the looks of his Facebook page he has his own child, who likely is getting used to Santa coming up short every year.

Although he doesn’t care for his own child, he does have plenty of money to spend on the essentials for himself. Essentials like weed.


He’s posted before about being arrested.

What was his crime?

Ddriving around Springfield with two African guys committing identity fraud, running up credit card bills while driving a UHaul truck rented under fraudulent pretenses.

Zachary Rosenberger, 25, was charged with third-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit the crime, and operating a motor vehicle without a license. Prats set Rosenberger’s bond at $2,500. He is being held in lieu of that bond at Hartford Correctional Center and is scheduled to return to court on Feb. 13.

According to the police report written by Officer Christopher Dufresne, events happened this way: On Jan. 21, at about 5 p.m., police received a call from Springfield Police to be on the look out for a U-Haul moving truck with Arizona license plates. The vehicle was reported stolen and involved in a hit and run accident. An officer spotted the U-Haul on Route 190 turning onto Route 159. Police then stopped the U-Haul at the BP gas station on South Road. The driver, later identified as Rosenberger, was taken into custody without incident.

Rosenberger told police that two men in the sports utility vehicle in front of the U-Haul were paying him to drive the U-Haul. He said he didn’t really know them but that he was told to follow them wherever they went. Police approached the SUV. The driver was not there, but officers spoke to the passenger — later identified as Awosika — who said he didn’t know anything about the U-Haul. The man said the driver of the SUV — later identified as Okorie — was inside the BP store and police went inside to bring him out.

Officers smelled marijuana inside the vehicle and searched the SUV. They found two small clear bags with what was suspected to be marijuana. Also found inside the SUV were six department store credit cards, an HP laptop, and a new cell phone. Okorie told police that the marijuana in the SUV belonged to him. When asked for his name and identification, Awosika gave police a false name and birth date. His identity was later confirmed through contacting Springfield police who had Awosika’s information on record.

Rosenberger told police a friend contacted him about potentially making some money. Rosenberger said yes, and that the plan was to go to Eastfield Mall and buy some cell phones. He said he picked up the U-Haul at an apartment complex and was instructed to follow the SUV around. The six store credit cards that were found in the SUV were inspected and it was discovered that when the cards were swiped, a different number came up than what was printed on the cards. It was determined that the U-Haul was rented through fraudulent means in Newport, Rhode Island. The photo of the person who rented the vehicle did not match Okorie, Awosika or Rosenberger.

Police contacted the man Awosika attempted to pretend to be and discovered that the man’s identity had been stolen in November 2016 and multiple department store cards were opened in his name. Awosika also used the man’s social security number.

Standard Springfield behavior.

It’s one thing to use your own kids to scam people around the holidays, but using stock images of special needs to kids to fuel your habits makes you an absolutely awful human being, and well deserving of public scorn and shame.


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