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News Release

For Immediate Release
May 20, 2009

Contact:
Director of Charitable Trusts Michael DeLucia
(603) 271-3591

New Hampshire, FTC and 46 Other States Announce Fraudulent Professional Fundraising Cases

Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte announced today the participation of her office with the Federal Trade Commission, the Attorneys General of 46 other states and other law enforcement officers in a nationwide crackdown on fraudulent charitable solicitation. The Federal-State initiative is called "Operation False Charity" and the sweep has led to the filing of law enforcement actions nationwide.

The FTC is providing educational materials at its Web site to help citizens recognize charitable solicitation fraud at www.ftc.gov/charityfraud.

The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office has filed an action against "Autos for Animals LLC," a for-profit entity that solicits motor vehicles from citizens of New Hampshire for charitable purposes. The for-profit entity has failed to register with the Attorney General's Office and there have been complaints filed regarding the failure to convey designated funds to specific charities.

The Attorney General's Office has also posted on its Web site a list of charities that have been closed and when their registrations terminated at www.doj.nh.gov/charitable (click on the headings "List of Closed Charities 2009" and "List of Closed Charities 2008."). If a charity is not registered with the Attorney General's Office, it cannot solicit funds in this state. A separate section of the Attorney General's Web site contains "Ten Tips for Making Smart Donations."


New Hampshire Department of Justice | 33 Capitol Street | Concord, NH | 03301
Telephone: 603-271-3658