Man sentenced to six months in jail for charity scam


A Michigan man who set up fake collection boxes for missing children programs has been sentenced to serve six months in jail.

According to the attorney general's office, Joseph Carr placed donation boxes at 88 retail locations across the Lansing area between February and June 2009 and collected between $1,500 and $2,000 a month. Consumers were told their money would go to an organization called the Beacon Project to help find missing children. But Carr pocketed the money and allegedly used it to pay his personal living expenses.

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