April 01, 2015

N.Y. Man Charged With Charity Scam Linked to Abducted Kids

A Brooklyn man who led an organization that purported to help prevent child trafficking was arrested Tuesday on allegations of defrauding the parents of abducted children, Reuters and CBS New York report. Peter Senese, 49, founding director of the I Care Foundation, denied the charges after being released on bail by a federal judge in Manhattan.

According to a criminal complaint, Mr. Senese made false claims about having a military background and said I Care deployed veterans of the U.S. Army's elite Delta Force to track down and bring back kidnapping victims. Prosecutors said he collected tens of thousands of dollars from the families of abducted children, claiming to be working overseas for their return. He was charged with wire fraud and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.