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BATON ROUGE - Con artists are taking advantage of people with disabilities. The Louisiana School for the Deaf said at least one person is attempting to con people into donating money to a basketball team for the deaf.

The school says over a two year period, and as recent as this week, there's been a report of a man posing as a solicitor for the school. The person is asking for money to help pay for a team  trip to Texas.

Superintendent for Louisiana Special Schools Kevin Lemoine says the school is not affiliated.

"We would not go to individuals outside in the community to solicit funds for that," he said.

The reports came from multiple restaurants off College Dr. in Baton Rouge. Lemoine says there may be more reports in Ascension and Livingston Parishes.

The school does not solicit cash donations. Instead, the athletic program is funded by school fundraisers and the state legislature.

"If there's something going on that we're raising money for these kids, or these kids are raising money, it's done in house," said Lemoine. "We don't go out to the public. We'll raise money, best we can to the programs that need it from our own campus."

People should be on the look-out for a man with a manila folder carrying information about the Louisiana School for the Deaf. He's reportedly waiting outside the front door of businesses or in the parking lot.



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