Four telemarketing companies face allegations that they that lied to New Yorkers while soliciting donations for groups that included police and firefighter associations.
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that his office had filed lawsuits accusing the companies of repeatedly misleading donors about who they were and the charitable programs they supported.
The suits say that in some cases, callers made it sound like they were police officers, rather than professional fundraisers.
Two of the companies are based in Rochester, one in Copiague and one in Waterbury, Conn.
Messages left at the companies Wednesday weren't immediately returned.