A North Jersey news site is reporting that a judge today temporarily banned the operators of a purported Superstorm Sandy charity from soliciting additional donations and ordered them to preserve the money and items donated to date — of which, state authorities said, less than 1% has gone to help victims.
State authorities obtained the order after accusing John Sandberg and Christina Terraccino of steering donations into their personal accounts and stealing the name of New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie’s Hurricane Sandy Relief charity to do so, CLIFFVIEW PILOT is reporting.
The couple and the fund it created have agreed so far to place the approximately $631,000.00 donated to date and any donations that come in after this point into an interest-bearing attorneys’ escrow account.
What’s more, the judge ordered that remainder of $400,000 in donated items now stored in a warehouse, as well as unused gift cards, be donated to a registered charitable organization. READ MORE….