A Manahawkin man and his business partner, who pocketed donations to their bogus Sept. 11 charity, were ordered Monday to give up the donations, pay civil penalties, and refrain from working with charitable organization, according to Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa.
Thomas J. Scalgione, 40, of Manahawkin, and Mark Anthony Niemczyk, 66, of Monmouth County, were sued by the state in July of 2011 for their roles as the founders of a charity, which claimed to be supporting the families of emergency responders who died in the World Trade Center.
The result of the lawsuit, announced Monday, requires the men to disgorge $121,116 in donations, according to a release from the Attorney General.
Scalgione and Niemczyk used a custom-painted pick-up truck to solicit donations at events and also sold shirts with New York City police and fire department logos.
“They were not authorized to use the logos and not legally allowed to solicit the donations,” according to the release. “The pickup truck had painted images of the World Trade Center and listed the names of first responders who perished there. According to the factual findings in the Final Consent Judgment, no money went to the victims’ family members.”