The Ohio Attorney General announced a lawsuit against a Massachusetts-based company accused of misrepresenting itself to Ohioans who tried to donate to charities.
Attorney General Mike DeWine said in a release on Tuesday that Integral Resources Inc. is accused of multiple violations of Ohio’s Charitable Organizations Act.
“This professional solicitor misled Ohioans about who it was and how donors’ money would be used,” DeWine said in the release.
Integral Resources is accused of contacting Ohioans via phone to solicit for various charitable organizations and failed to notify potential donors that calls were coming from a professional solicitor instead of a charity and misrepresented how much of donors’ contributions would go to the charity.
The lawsuit said the charity claimed 100 percent of a donation would go to the charity when only 1 percent of gross revenue actually went to the charity.
Integral Resources raised more than $33,000 for Amnesty International USA, but failed to make any payments to the charity, according to the lawsuit.
The Attorney General also charged the company with failing to properly register with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and breaching its fiduciary to charities.
The lawsuit seeks permanent injunctive relief, full restitution and civil penalties.
A temporary restraining order has been placed on the company which means it is not allowed to solicit in the state.
If any Ohioans receive a call from the company they are asked to call the Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-282-0515.
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