Arkansas AG Shuts Down Bogus Charity

A New Jersey-based organization will pay 120-thousand dollars in restitution to Arkansas consumers and permanently stop fundraising activities in the state per a consent agreement filed this week in Pulaski County Circuit Court.

National Police Defense Foundation reportedly raised 231-thousand dollars through statewide telemarketing efforts, under the pretense the funds would benefit Arkansas police, firefighters and emergency responders.

Deputy Attorney General Jim DePriest tells HometownDailyNews.com that callers from the organization often identified themselves as first responders representing a state foundation, but only a few hundred dollars actually went to charity…

DePriest says a suit is still pending against USA Publishing of Conway, a company retained by National Police Defense Foundation to solicit donations from Arkansas consumers.

DePriest says those with questions about telemarketing organizations can always contact the AG office, or visit the consumer alert page on its website: http://arkansasag.gov/media-center/consumer-alerts/.

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