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Men sentenced for bogus 9/11 charity

on March 08, 2014 10:19 AM

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A judge in New Jersey has sentenced two men for operating a bogus 9/11 charity in which they sold T-shirts with the logos of the New York City police and fire departments out of a custom-painted pickup truck.

The judge ordered Mark Niemczyk, 67, of Tinton Falls, to serve five years of probation. Thomas Scalgione, 42, of Manahawkin, was sentenced to six months in county jail for violating parole and one year of probation.

The men had pleaded guilty earlier this year to theft by deception.

Prosecutors say the men falsely claimed the proceeds from the sales would benefit the families of 9/11 victims.

As a condition of probation, the men must pay more than $120,000 in fines and investigative costs.

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