Two men are accused of dropping off a group of children and making them ask for money door-to-door as part of a scheme.
Deputies say Kendy Senat, 22, and Terrence Holiday, 21 are facing charges of organized fraud and nine counts of child neglect.
The two are accused of dropping off nine Orlando children, ages 12 to 15, to solicit door-to-door on Kenway St. in Spring Hill. Deputies believe they were out on the street about 5 hours.
"The kids didn't even know where they were. They didn't know what county they were in," said Denise Moloney, spokeswoman for the Hernando Co. Sheriff's Office. "They didn't know the names of the streets. They had no way of calling anybody for help if one of them were to become injured."
When one of them rang Gregory Leszek's doorbell, he could tell the child was tired.
"He asked me for 2 bottles of water. I went and got him two bottles of water. He looked like he needed bottled water," Leszek said. "He had flip-flops on and he was walking like he had been walking a long time."
Deputies say the children told residents they were soliciting for a non-profit, youth organization based out of Orlando called "Aware and Active Youth Corp". The organization was supposed to be designed to offer extracurricular activities to its members.
In reality, deputies say the group was pocketing all of the money, with the juveniles turning over most of the earnings to Senat and Holiday.
Each item sold was $8.00, the juveniles were permitted to keep $2.25, and the rest went to Senat and Holiday, according to Moloney.
The children told detectives they would normally work 8-12 hours per day and would earn between $5 and $50 dollars per day.
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