Colorado men plead guilty in fake charity scheme
DENVER, Colorado – Authorities say two men have pleaded guilty to soliciting $95,000 in donations for charities that didn’t exist.
The Colorado attorney general’s office said Wednsday that 45-year-old Danny Troy Kleiman and 44-year-old David Dale Werkmeister face up to 16 years in prison when they are sentenced Aug. 27.
Each pleaded guilty Wednesday to violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act and committing charities fraud.
The indictment says Kleiman and Werkmeister solicited donations from November 2005 and 2007 from thousands of people for more than 180 non-existing charities.
Authorities say more than a third of the 626 people who donated money were elderly.
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