Judge Fines Clothing Bin Company

Companies and CorporationsJustice SystemCrime, Law and JusticeRichard BlumenthalM. Jodi Rell

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A New York-based for-profit clothing bin company has been ordered by a Connecticut judge to pay the state $50,000 for misleading donors into believing their donations were going to charity.

American Recycling Technologies of East Northport, N.Y., would prominently display labels of various charitable and service organizations on its bins, but less 10 percent of the bins' proceeds went to those groups.

The company has had about 70 clothing bins at any one time in the Naugatuck Valley and Fairfield County areas.

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal says most of the donations were sold as rags in the U.S. or oversees to Third World countries.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell signed a bill that week imposing strict labeling rules for donation bins.

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