- Associated Press - Monday, May 12, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man who helped dupe donors and charities with false promises of golf at Augusta or a walk-on role on “Desperate Housewives” is now headed to prison.

Federal prosecutors say Gregory Ciccone (sih-CONE’-eeh) received a 36-month sentence Monday. He also was ordered to pay restitution of $768,103 and forfeit $267,788.

The 37-year-old Woodland Park resident had pleaded guilty in January 2013 to charges of wire fraud and filing a false tax return. He admitted defrauding at least 17 charities and non-profit organizations, costing them more than $750,000 in losses

Authorities say Ciccone rarely provided the high-end items promised to charities that contracted with his GAC Consulting company. They said he made the charities and nonprofits pay up front retainers and commissions based on the promise of those prizes.

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