N.Y. (AP) - The state said Thursday it is investigating groups that may
be posing as charities collecting money for New York City police and
firefighters in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.
"We have received a number of complaints and are aware of a number of
organizations that are using the name of the police and fire department
that appear to have no connection," said Juanita Scarlett, spokeswoman
for Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.
Spitzer has obtained subpoenas, but won't disclose names of the groups
he's targeting. He said they may use official-sounding names and
The New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund does not solicit
donations by telephone, officials said.
The New York City Police Foundation is the only organization authorized
to raise money for the Police Department and it never solicits by
telephone, said spokeswoman Pamela Delaney.
About $1.4 billion has been collected by major charities since Sept.
11, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.