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FUND-RAISER TO PAY $1,500 UNDER AGREEMENT WITH ATTORNEY GENERAL

 FUND-RAISER TO PAY $1,500 UNDER AGREEMENT WITH ATTORNEY GENERAL
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- A New York man accused of taking part in a phony charity scheme in the Scranton area will pay $1,500 under an agreement with Attorney General Ernie Preate Jr.
 Marshall Sornik of Rockaway Beach, N.Y., also has promised to cooperate with Preate's Charitable Trusts and Organizations Section in its continuing legal action in the case.
 Last July Preate sued Sornik, Edward "Jim" Gilhouley and their organization, American Child Protective Association, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., which operated under the name Kid Watch.
 The suit charged that in June and July of 1989 the defendants raised about $3,750 from consumers and businesses through bogus claims that Kid Watch operated an emotional-trauma center in New York for victims of abuse and abduction and planned to establish a second center in Scranton.
 "Our investigation determined that no such center existed in New York and no center was ever established in Scranton," Preate said.
 Of the $3,750 collected from contributors, the defendants paid $1,125 to the telemarketing company that made the solicitation calls and kept the rest, according to the suit.
 Preate said the defendants stopped soliciting funds shortly after the Attorney General's office opened an investigation.
 Sornik agreed to pay $1,500, of which $1,000 will be distributed by Preate's office to organizations whose charitable purposes are consistent with those for which the money originally was donated. The remaining $500 will be used by the Charitable Trusts and Organizations Section for future investigations.
 "Sornik has agreed to cooperate fully with my office through the course of our action," Preate said. "We intend to pursue this case against the remaining defendants."
 The agreement also bars Sornik from taking part in any fund-raising activities in Pennsylvania for five years.
 Preate said the agreement was negoiated by Deputy Attorney General Mary Beth O'Hara Osborne. It was filed today in Commonwealth Court.
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 /CONTACT: Jack J. Lewis of the Office of Attorney General, 717-787-5211, or at home, 717-657-9840/ CO: Office of Attorney General ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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