BANGOR — The Penobscot County Law Enforcement Association has had to return all donations collected recently from other law enforcement officers during a fundraising effort to benefit the wife of a sheriff’s deputy who had cancer because it violated the law.

Sheriff Glenn Ross tells the Bangor Daily News in an email sent to law enforcement officers around the state months ago telling them about the ill woman was illegal.

The law prohibits a law enforcement agency, association or officer from soliciting from the general public if the money raised benefits the agency, association or an officer.

The woman has since died.

A spokeswoman for the Maine Attorney General’s Office confirmed that the solicitation was in violation of the law.

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