Attorney General announces 20-year probation sentence for Longmont man involved in Internet charitable-fraud scheme

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a Boulder County District Court judge has sentenced Mark L. Schifter (DOB: 5/29/1956) to 20 years probation and two years in work release for defrauding Coloradans through his use of fraudulent charity raffles. Schifter will be required to pay $110,000 in restitution to his victims.

According to Schifter’s indictment, he used his companies, www.AV123.com and Perpetual Technologies, to post information about 27 illegal charity raffles online between October 2004 and August 2009. During that time, Schifter stole nearly $180,000 from 707 victims using the fraudulent raffles. Many of the charities advertised as the benefactors of the online raffles received none of the money.

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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