BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Several softball players and their parents are accusing a young woman of foul play.
The moms and their daughters said they helped organize an event that never happened, and were also promised scholarships, coaching from top-tier players, and a shot at making the Olympic Team.
"I feel they took advantage of our kindness," said Yvonne Contreras, mother to one of the girls. "They put these girls up and they shattered their dreams. They made them think they were getting all this stuff and they didn't get anything," she said.
Both mothers and daughters say 18-year-old Lucy Apadoca and her mother are behind the alleged scheme.
Allegedly, Apadoca collected personal information, including headshots and social security numbers, to register young players for the fake team. Tickets for the so-called "L.A. Fundraiser," which Bakersfield Police warned several weeks ago were fraudulent, were allegedly passed out to the softball families to sell.
23ABC spoke with Lucy, who denies knowing anything about the fake fundraiser. 23ABC also planned to meet with her on Saturday, but after repeated phone calls and text messages, Lucy never showed up.
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