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SI Man Arrested for Allegedly Running Fake Firefighter Charity

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A Staten Island man is arrested for allegedly running a fake firefighter charity.

Jacob Chelsen, 24, is charged with scheme to defraud, petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

Sources say he claimed to be working for a charity called "Be the Hero for the Hero Foundation," but spent the money on heroin instead.

He allegedly sold t-shirts to raise money for a bone marrow drive to benefit firefighter Jimmy Martinez, who suffers from a rare disease.

He visited two firehouses on Staten Island, Engine 160/Rescue 5 and Engine 161/Ladder 81, to solicit donations.

Chelsen claimed that the charity was started by his uncle, Firefighter Roy Chelsen, a September 11th responder who died in 2011 from a rare blood cancer.

Chelsen's attorney said that his client is ill and is being treated at a rehab facility in conjunction with the Staten Island District Attorney's office.

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