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AG: Company deceptively solicited for charity

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says he and his counterpart in Pennsylvania have filed lawsuits against a Youngstown-area company suspected of deceptively soliciting donations for firefighter and police charities.

DeWine says his office determined telemarketers with Encore Music Productions Ltd. and its agents misled potential donors, pretended to be firefighters and broke other regulations. He says Encore sold tickets and business advertisements for local concerts to solicit for 30 Ohio organizations and several in Pennsylvania.

DeWine says his 42-count civil lawsuit in Ohio's Allen County alleges fraud, money laundering and other deception. He says a temporary restraining order has been granted, and he's asking the court to shut down the business.

A message left Thursday at a phone number for Encore in Boardman, near Youngstown, was not immediately returned.

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