SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Police have arrested a man accused of visiting several local businesses posing as a firefighter to solicit donations.

Ernest Wayne Nissley, 48, was charged with felony commercial gambling and misdemeanor theft by deception in connection to the incidents.

The Savannah Police Department (SPD) said the man was selling raffle tickets and meals in an effort to collect donations for a firefighter with cancer. He claimed to be taking the donations on behalf of Savannah Fire and Chatham Fire.

Both departments say the man is not involved in their respective departments, SPD said.

Police urge any business or person who gave Nissley money or made a purchase from the suspect to contact SPD Financial Crimes Unit at 912-651-6735.