Woman charged with keeping donations for boy's funeral
A Mancelona woman faced fraud charges on Wednesday in a Kalkaska County courtroom after she offered to help raise funds for a family who's 11-year-old son passed away in November. But the family never got the money.
Investigators say that 33-year-old Amanda Swikoski organized a benefit dinner on behalf of 11-year-old Tyler Antaya, who died in November in an off road vehicle accident while riding with his family. Swikoski also created an online account to raise the money for the family.
The sheriff reports that Tyler's father went to the Kalkaska County Sheriff's Department when Swikoski did not transfer the money over to the correct bank account. The funds that were raised are between $2,000-$3,000. An investigation was conducted and the prosecutor, Michael Perrault, issued a two count warrant for Swikoski.
Swikoski turned herself in to the Kalkaska County Jail on Dec. 23, and was releasedon a $5-thousand bond. She is being charged with charitable solicitation act, felony violations, and using a computer to commit a crime. Both counts are felonies. Her next court date is set for Feb. 5.
Tyler's father, Jamie Seabolt, says the family is struggling with trying to pay for Tyler's medical and funeral bills. The family has set up an account under Tyler's name at the Members Credit Union in Kalkaska. There is also an online account set up at giveforward.com