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Douglas County Sheriff: GoFundMe pages for Jake Patterson are fake

Posted at 9:35 PM, Jan 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-15 23:00:22-05

The Douglas County Sheriff said there are GoFundMe pages set up claiming to be in the benefit of Jake Patterson, the man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents.

The sheriff warns these pages are a fake.

According to the Sheriff, the pages are set up by, “fake or hacked Facebook accounts,” including one controlled by someone pretending to be a local Gordon, Wisconsin girl.

The sheriff says these fake accounts are having real life consequences, and that the girl the hacker is pretending to be is receiving threats.

“These incidents will be investigated and violators prosecuted. In the meantime please stop harassing this child,” the sheriff said.

Patterson made his first appearance in court on Monday.