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July 15, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that he has reached a settlement with New Jersey-based National Police Defense Foundation to resolve allegations that the organization misled Arkansas donors into believing their contributions benefited Arkansas emergency responders.

In a consent agreement filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court today, the foundation agreed to pay $120,000 in restitution to consumers and to permanently stop all professional fund-raising activities in Arkansas.

“NPDF has been identified as one of the nation’s 50 worst charities, and the organization demonstrated its failings in Arkansas through its deceptive efforts to make consumers believe their money was going to police officers, firefighters and other emergency responders,” McDaniel said. “Of the thousands of dollars raised here by NPDF and its fundraising partner, only a few hundred dollars were actually used for charitable purposes.”

McDaniel sued NPDF and USA Publishing Group Inc. of Conway in July 2013. NPDF retained USA Publishing to solicit donations from Arkansas consumers. The suit is still pending against USA Publishing and its owners, William Parker and Kathleen Parker.

NPDF paid $171,193 of  the $231,004 raised in the state to USA Publishing for its professional fundraising services. Only $500 went to charity, according to McDaniel’s lawsuit. Telemarketers often misrepresented themselves as first responders, and the operation used bogus names like “Arkansas Police Defense Foundation” to deceive consumers into believing the charity was based in Arkansas.

NPDF denied the allegations.