David Papik
David Papik

A man has been accused of going door-to-door asking residents in his hometown of Farmingville for donations to a fictitious fundraising walk benefitting the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

Suffolk County police arrested David Papik on Wednesday and charged him with scheme to defraud.

Police said the 33-year-old man knocked on doors on Lidge Drive last week and collected donations until a victim who donated $10 researched the event and called police after she discovered the walk did not exist.

Papik was arraigned Friday at First District Court in Central Islip.

Sixth Squad detectives ask anyone with information on this scheme, or victims to call them at 631-854-8652 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.  All calls will be kept confidential.


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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.