Man took cars donated to Ray of Hope and sold them, state says

New Jersey Attorney General's Office
New Jersey Attorney General's Office

A New Jersey man allegedly used cars donated for the New York charity Ray of Hope to boost inventory at his North Carolina used car dealership, said the New Jersey Attorney General's office.

The state accused Steven Ashley of Essex County with breaking New Jersey's consumer and charity registration laws in a lawsuit filed by the AG's Division of Consumer Affairs. According to the complaint, investigators responded twice in 2009 to advertisements seeking car donations for Ray of Hope, whose stated purpose was "to provide medical, educational and cultural assistance and benefits to children and the disabled."