Longmont businessman indicted on charity fraud

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The state Grand Jury indicted a Longmont man on suspicion of running multiple fraudulent charity raffles.

The five-count indictment accuses Mark Shifter, president of www.AV123.com and Perpetual Technologies, of using his company’s Web site to post information about 27 illegal charity raffles between October 2004 and August 2009.

Shifter is accused of taking in more than $180,000 from 707 victims as part of the raffles, and devoting only $29,500 to charitable causes.

Many of the charities advertised as benefactors of the online raffles did not receive any money, according to the indictment.