According to Pike County Sheriff Charles "Fuzzy" Keesee, Trina Estepp of Hardy was taken into custody on Wednesday morning by deputies Shawn Scott and Billy McCoy.
Estepp allegedly approach residents and businesses in the Hardy and Slaters Branch communities in order to solicit funds to be used for the establishment of a woman's shelter in Belfry, Keesee said.
He went on to say that she made her victims think she was being genuine by providing each donor with a receipt. Keesee said his deputies were able to confiscate a ledger containing the names of donors, the amount they gave and if the donations were made by cash or check.
"There were several names on the list," the sheriff said. "She got about $430 or $450 in donations before being arrested. She was just short of enough to avoid felony charges."
Her actions would have been a felony charge had the money she obtained under false pretenses totaled $500 or more, Keesee said.
According to officials at the Pike County Detention Center, the 36-year-old Estepp was released from custody just hours after being booked in the jail. She posted $130 for her bond which presented a $1,000-10 percent bond and its related fees.