Attorney General announces indictment of Longmont man involved in Internet charitable-fraud scheme

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that the Statewide Grand Jury has indicted Mark L. Schifter (DOB: 5/29/1956) on suspicion that he ran multiple fraudulent charity raffles that he used to steal from Colorado consumers.

According to the five-count indictment, Schifter, president of the Longmont-based companies www.AV123.com and Perpetual Technologies, used his company’s Web site to post information about 27 illegal charity raffles between October 2004 through August 2009. During that time, Schifter is suspected of taking in more than $180,000 from 707 victims as part of the raffles; only $29,500 of the money the raffles raised was devoted to charitable causes. Many of the charities advertised as the benefactors of the online raffles received none of the money, according to the indictment.

“This scam not only defrauded Colorado consumers, but it also preyed on their generosity,” Suthers said.

Investigators from the Office of the Attorney General partnered with the Longmont Police Department to obtain the indictment.

Coloradans seeking more information about charities or charitable solicitors should visit www.checkthecharity.com, which links to useful information on charities operating in Colorado or soliciting contributions from Colorado consumers.

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