BY PETER ASELTINE
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that two New Jersey men were sentenced today for operating a fraudulent 9/11 charity using a pickup truck painted with the Twin Towers and the names of police and firefighters who died at Ground Zero. They collected thousands of dollars by selling T-shirts and soliciting donations at 9/11 events, but never gave any of the proceeds to the victims’ families or to 9/11 charities as promised.
Mark Niemczyk, 67, of Tinton Falls, was sentenced to five years of probation by Superior Court Judge James M. Blaney in Ocean County. The state recommended that Niemczyk be sentenced to up to 364 days in the county jail as a condition of probation, but the judge imposed a non-custodial sentence, citing the fact that Niemczyk suffers from serious health issues. Thomas Scalgione, 42, of Manahawkin, was sentenced to six months in the county jail by Judge Blaney for violating parole by engaging in the criminal fraud scheme.