TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has sued two state residents, claiming they collected tens of thousands of dollars in donations for a bogus 9/11 charity.
In the lawsuit filed Monday in Superior Court, the Attorney General's Office claims 66-year-old Mark Niemczyk of Tinton Falls and 40-year-old Thomas Scalgione of Manahawkin used the money they raised for their own personal gain. It also alleges that the pair — who both have criminal records — failed to register the charity as required by state law.
The two men have driven throughout the state in a pickup truck painted with the names of first responders who died in the terrorist attacks.
Scaglione denied the allegations, telling the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/MP8XZz) that he and Niemczyk operate "a legitimate group" and will fight to clear their names.
Information from: Asbury Park Press, http://www.app.com
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