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Sparta Couple's Sandy Fund 'Unforgivable,' Senator Says

Steven Oroho, 24th Legislative District Senator, speaks out on potential deception of Hurricane Sandy victims.

Sparta Couple's Sandy Fund 'Unforgivable,' Senator Says

Reports of a Sparta-based couple operating a unregistered charity in the name of Hurricane Sandy relief has drawn the attention of the 24th Legislative District's senator, Steven Oroho.

 — while using the same name of a charity legally registered by first lady Mary Pat Christie to solicit funds — while not being a tax-exempt organization, although it claims to be.

“Any attempt to deceive good-willed residents or business owners into funding a fake charity is a serious criminal offense — attempting to capitalize off of Superstorm Sandy victims would be unforgivable and incomprehensible,” Oroho said in a statement Monday.

“I have confidence in New Jersey’s Attorney General and Division of Consumer Affairs to investigate this or any other questionable Superstorm Sandy charities to determine any ill-intent or fraud. Sandy-related charities should be on notice that their financial records will be checked by state authorities.”

The fund has raised close to $1 million, the report said, and the pair could be fined thousands of dollars for collecting money while not being registered as a charity and risk trouble with the IRS for wrongly touting itself as a tax-exempt organization.

For the full report, go here.

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