Menacola Marketing Inc.
11 years in business81 Willoughby St Suite 505
Brooklyn, NY 11201-5291
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- (888) 775-7789
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Type of EntityCorporation
- Mr. Joseph Di Gregorio, Principal
- Telemarketing Services
- Professional Fundraiser
Alternate Business Names
- Neighborhood Outreach
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Government ActionNY AG Shuts Down Brooklyn Telemarketing Operation That Solicited Funds For Sham Veterans Charity
The following describes a government action that has been resolved by either a settlement or a decision by a court or administrative agency. If the matter is being appealed, it will be noted below.
On March 26, 2018, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that his office reached a settlement that shuts down Menacola Marketing, Inc., a telemarketing company that solicited on behalf of the National Vietnam Veterans Foundation (NVVF) – a sham charity previously shut down by the Attorney General – and other shell charities that exploited popular causes in order to line fundraisers’ pockets. The Attorney General shut down NVVF in 2016 after an investigation by his Charities Bureau revealed that NVVF raised millions of dollars through deceptive solicitations while providing almost no help to veterans. Today’s settlement is part of the Attorney General’s Operation Bottomfeeder, which has previously shut down other shell charities, such as the Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation.
Under this settlement, Menacola will dissolve and its principals, Joseph and Katherine DeGregorio, are permanently barred from fundraising for charity. The DeGregorios will also pay $100,000, which will be distributed to reputable charities supporting veterans.
From 2010 to 2016, Menacola raised nearly $190,000 from New Yorkers for NVVF, using paid solicitors who made telemarketing calls from phone rooms in Brooklyn. For some calls, Menacola callers said they were fundraising for “NVVF.” At other times, the callers used an alternative name, “American Veterans Support Foundation,” claiming that it was a “special project” of NVVF. The investigation found that there was no such special project, and that the use of two names was just a way to raise more money. Menacola’s callers also told potential donors that their donations would be used to pay for help for veterans, including personal care packages, guide books of essential services, donations to food pantries, and transportation to and from medical appointments. In fact, 85 percent of the money raised went to Menacola, and an additional 4 percent went to companies controlled by Mark Gelvan, a New Jersey-based fundraiser who is banned from fundraising in New York. The little that went to the charity was squandered by abuse and mismanagement.
The Attorney General’s investigation found that Menacola took no steps to verify the claims that its callers made about NVVF. In fact, in its fundraising for NVVF, Menacola used scripts provided by Gelvan, whom Menacola knew was banned from fundraising in New York because of prior fraud. New York law prohibits fundraisers from making false statements to raise money on behalf of charities.
This settlement is part of the Attorney General’s Operation Bottomfeeder, which addresses fraud networks of shell charities, abusive professional fundraisers, and accountants and other professionals who knowingly aid and assist their activities. Menacola also raised money for other Bottomfeeder charities, including the Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation, which the Attorney General shut down in 2017, and Cancer Fund of America, which was shut down in 2016 after a landmark suit filed by all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Federal Trade Commission.