25 Jul 2009

Shop owner fined over charity proceeds

6:13 am on 25 July 2009

A Palmerston North man has been fined $10,000 for pocketing the proceeds from the sale of donated goods that he told his customers would go to charity.

Peter James Linton who ran the Charitables Op Shop from 2003 - 2008 pleaded guilty in the Palmerston North District Court to five charges of intent to defraud.

Goods sold in the shop were donated by members of the public and its advertising stated all proceeds would go to Women's Refuge.

However, an investigation by the Commerce Commission found less than 10% of the shop's profits were going to the charity.

The commission estimates Linton would have made more than $200,000 from the scam.