Horse Rescue Charity That Collected on Facebook to Pay Back Donations

a horse out to pasture - horse charity, facebook
a horse out to pasture - horse charity, facebook

An unregistered New Jersey charity that used Facebook and website pleas to gather donations to save horses from slaughter will repay $57,129 to the state and be shut down as part of a lawsuit settlement, New Jersey's Attorney General's office said.

In December, the state sued NJ Horse Angels and its two trustees, Sharon Catalano-Crumb and Frank Wikoff over the donations, alleging Catalano-Crumb used the charity funds to fuel a lifestyle that included Atlantic City casino trips, shopping and meals. Some of the donations were used for horse rescues, the state said.

Neither Catalano-Crumb nor Wikoff could be reached for comment. A number listed for Wikoff was no longer in service.