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3 women arrested in Covina for allegedly soliciting donations for fake funeral

January 10, 2011 | 10:51 am

Arrest Three Arizona women were being held Monday for allegedly soliciting donations from drivers in Covina for the fake funeral of a small boy.

Patricia Ann Quihuis, 53, Esther Munguia, 36, and Bianca Price, 20, were arrested Friday and booked on suspicion of conspiracy and collecting donations for a fraudulent charity, officials with the Covina Police Department said in a statement.

The women allegedly stood on the sidewalk in the 900 block of Arrow Highway on Friday afternoon, holding brightly colored signs with photos of an unidentified boy and asked passersby for donations for his funeral, police said.

The signs read “Funeral Donations. Please Help. God Bless. Thank you!”

A suspicious passerby alerted police, who then questioned the women and determined they had fabricated the story to pay bills and return to Arizona.

Authorities believe the women had collected about $1,000 in cash after standing at the spot for about an hour.

Police were still trying to determine the identity of the boy in the poster photo, said Sgt. Dave Foster of the Covina Police Department.

The women were being held at the Covina jail in lieu of $20,000 bail each and were scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

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Photo: From left are suspects Patricia Ann Quihuis, 53, Esther Munguia, 36, and Bianca Price, 20. Credit: West Covina Police Department

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