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The Wisconsin Department of Justice Obtains Judgments Against Robert A. Szweda and Computers for Kids, Inc. for Operation of an Unlicensed Charity

 

MADISON — The State of Wisconsin has obtained a judgment by consent against Robert Szweda for his operation of an unlicensed charity known as Computers for Kids. A judgment by default also was entered against the Computers for Kids corporation. Szweda and Computers for Kids solicited donations of used computer equipment and cash, to be refurbished and given to needy children. Szweda and Computers for Kids failed to register and file required disclosures as required by Wisconsin’s charitable organizations law, Wis. Stat. §§ 440.41 - .48. They also made misrepresentations to the public, including that most donations were tax-deductible, when in fact they were not because Computers for Kids, Inc. is not a registered tax-exempt entity, and that Computers for Kids, Inc. was a certified recycling facility, when it was not.

 

Under the terms of the consent judgment, which was entered by the court on April 19, 2013, Szweda is permanently enjoined from conducting charitable solicitation activities without being properly registered, and from making misrepresentations in the course of any charitable solicitations. He also will pay $2,000 in forfeitures and court costs.

 

The State was represented in this matter by Assistant Attorney General Lewis Beilin.

 

A copy of the Consent Judgment is available at the following link: Consent Judgment