U.S. Attorney’s Statement on Fraudulent Fundraising and Charity Schemes Related to Newtown Tragedy
Statement of David B. Fein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 21, 2012|
Federal and state investigators are actively monitoring the Internet and investigating multiple fundraising scams arising from this tragedy. Anyone who attempts to profit from this tragedy by exploiting its many victims and a vulnerable population faces federal or state prosecution to the fullest extent permitted by law.
Individuals with knowledge of Newtown-related fundraising schemes are encouraged to contact the FBI in Connecticut at 203-777-6311.
Potential federal charges associated with fraudulent fundraising and charity schemes include wire fraud (18 USC 1343, 20-year maximum prison term), access device fraud (18 USC 1029, 10-year maximum prison term), and interstate transportation of stolen property (18 USC 2314, 10-year maximum prison term).