NEWARK — The Brick-based charity National Police Relief Association [NPRA] and former members of its board have been ordered to make a $40,000 donation to Survivors of the Triangle as a part of a $76,624 settlement.
Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin, who announced the settlement on June 7, said it stemmed from false claims by the NRPA that money it had raised would go to help support law enforcement families. Instead, authorities said, the organization misused more than $200,000 on meals, personal car repairs and a trip to Disney World for its founders.
The defendant’s actions were violations of the New Jersey Charitable Registration and Investigation Act [CRIA] and the Regulations Governing Charitable Fundraising, according to the attorney general’s announcement.
“National Police Relief Association falsely claimed the bulk of its donations were going to help members of law enforcement and their families but were instead used for frivolous expenses by the people who ran the charity,” said Attorney General Platkin. “With this settlement, we are making sure money is going to a charity that is actually helping the families of New Jersey’s finest.”
The state said that the misused funds amounted to more than double the money that was used for charitable purposes and 15 times what was given to law enforcement who were injured or killed in action or their families.
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