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Atlanta man charged in scheme

By Kathy Jefcoats

Henry County police have arrested an Atlanta man who pretended to be a firefighter to collect money from local businesses for phony safety plans.

Kennedy Kwame Afari, 41, of Murphy Avenue in Atlanta was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of soliciting funds unlawfully and one count each of impersonating a public officer and theft by deception. Henry County Jail records show he bonded out at 10 p.m. Wednesday on $2,700.

Afari was reportedly dressing as a firefighter and visiting local salons to collect money from unsuspecting foreign business owners to prepare safety plans. Safety plans are prepared without charge by community fire departments. There is no evidence to indicate Afari is a firefighter.

Henry County fire officials declined to comment on the case, referring all questions to the Henry County Bureau of Police Services. Police detectives said Thursday the investigation into the charges is ongoing.