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Woodland Park Man Admits to Role in Charity Scheme

A New Jersey man has admitted his role in duping donors and charities with promises of golf at Augusta or a walk-on role on “Desperate Housewives.”

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New Jersey’s U.S. Attorney says Gregory Ciccone defrauded at least 17 charities and non-profit organizations, costing them more than $750,000 in losses.

The 36-year-old Woodland Park resident pleaded guilty Thursday to counts of wire fraud and filing a false tax return.

Authorities say Ciccone rarely provided the high-end items promised to charities that contracted with his GAC Consulting company.

They claim Ciccone made the charities and nonprofits pay up front retainers and commissions based on the promise of those prizes.

FBI and IRS agents arrested Ciccone in October 2010.

He could face up to 20 years in prison at his May 14 sentencing.

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