October 20, 2021

Company settles unfair practices complaint

AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Attorney General recently reached a settlement with Disabled Veterans Associations, an Ohio corporation with no presence in Maine that calls itself “Pinetree State Disabled Veterans,” and Civic Development Group, a New Jersey-based corporation.

The settlement resolves allegations that the charitable organization and its fund-raiser violated the Unfair Trade Practices Act and the Charitable Solicitations Act when soliciting donations. According to Assistant Attorney General Linda Conti, CDG solicited donations for Disabled Veterans Associations when Disabled Veterans Associations was not registered with the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation and misled consumers to believe that the organization was located in, and associated with, the state of Maine or the “Pinetree State.”

Under terms of the settlement, both organizations agreed to cease soliciting donations from the public until registered with the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation, and to stop using the name “Pinetree State Disabled Veterans.” Finally, the companies paid $2,600 in restitution to the state attorney general for distribution to veterans organizations in Maine, and a $10,000 penalty.

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