New Jersey Men Sentenced for Bogus 9/11 Charity Scam

Friday, Mar 7, 2014  |  Updated 7:29 PM EDT
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Two New Jersey men were sentenced Friday for running a 9/11 scam that collected thousands of dollars from T-shirt sales but gave nothing to victims' families as promised. Brian Thompson reports.

Two New Jersey men were sentenced Friday for running a 9/11 scam that collected thousands of dollars from T-shirt sales but gave nothing to victims' families as promised. Brian Thompson reports.

A judge in New Jersey has sentenced two men who sold T-shirts with NYPD and FDNY logos out of a custom-painted pickup truck for operating a bogus 9/11 charity.

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