Stafford Man Sentenced To Six Months In Jail For 9-11 Charity Scam

Accomplice gets probation

Thomas Scalgione of Stafford was sent to jail for six months on Friday, but his accomplice, Mark Niemczyk of Tinton Falls, escaped a jail term when a judge sentenced the pair for collecting thousands of dollars in donations in a 9/11 scam on the guise that it would go to help families of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to a report in the Asbury Park Press.

To read more about the sentencing proceedings, click here http://www.app.com/article/20140307/NJNEWS14/303070049/9-11-scam

The state Attorney General's Office conducted an investigation that revealed that Niemczyk bought a Ford F-150 pickup truck in June 2010 and had it custom-painted with 9/11 themes, including the World Trade Center towers, the logos of the New York City police and fire departments, and the names of the first responders who perished in New York on 9/11.

Niemczyk and Scalgione worked as partners to bring the truck to 9/11 events both inside and outside New Jersey, where they sold T-shirts and collected donations.

Scalgione acted as the “public relations” person, making arrangements for their participation at 9/11 events with the truck, according to the Attorney General's Office.  The men were not registered with the State of New Jersey as a charitable organization as required by law.

The defendants were later indicted in connection with their sale of T-shirts and collection of cash donations from June 1, 2010 through July 4, 2012. The two men purchased hundreds of T-shirts that were printed with 9/11 themes similar to those painted on the truck.

They purchased the shirts from two vendors, one vendor charging between $3 and $6.90 per shirt, and the second charging $4 to $5.  Niemczyk and Scalgione sold the T-shirts out of the truck for $20 apiece.

Laurie Ann Sloan Kawula March 07, 2014 at 02:35 PM
That's all!??
Mac March 07, 2014 at 03:03 PM
that's two of our three community 9/11 lowlifes
MJ March 07, 2014 at 03:53 PM
MJ March 07, 2014 at 03:53 PM
Mac...you see it too?? Why does it seem that no one else is catching on to that loser running free...(the biggest scammer of the three of them)? Why hasnt he been arrested too? After he lied and got caught about how he was injured and where he was injured, why hasnt anyone linked him to this too? He brought these losers here twice!! This guy is a disgrace of a human being and should be arrested with these guys too. I have friends who died in WTC and friends who ran for their lives...I was actually supposed to be at WTC area around time of the first plane hitting but didnt go that day.These 3 ppl make me sick!
Jack Doyle March 09, 2014 at 01:47 PM
If ya had to spell their names on a chekck it woud persuade me to give to another charity. ALSO They look like bums from the back of a prison bus.


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