MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A New York judge has ordered a telemarketing company shut down earlier this year for running a phony breast cancer charity to pay a total of $4.6 million.
A judge on Long Island found earlier this year that the Campaign Center and its owner, Garrett Morgan, knew they were defrauding people by collecting for the Coalition Against Breast Cancer.
The judge initially ordered the charity to pay a $1.55 million judgment in April. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the judge has now ordered $3.1 million in restitution.
“Charitable fundraising scams are among the lowest of the low. They defraud the public and divert valuable funds away from important causes – in this case the fight against breast cancer,” Schneiderman said in a statement.
Schneiderman says the company made 6,000 calls a day but only $48,000 actually went to fight cancer.
He says the money will be given to legitimate breast cancer charities.
Morgan has already been blocked from future fundraising in New York State.
There was no answer at a number listed for the coalition.
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