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Section 172-D Prohibited activity

Executive (EXC)

Except as exempted pursuant to subdivision one of section one hundred seventy-two-a of this article, in addition to other violations of this article no person shall:

  1. Make any material statement which is untrue in an application for registration, registration statement, a claim of exemption, financial report or any other forms or documents required to be filed or filed pursuant to this article; or fail to disclose a material fact in an application for registration, registration statement, claim of exemption, financial report or any other forms or documents required to be filed or filed pursuant to this article; or

  2. Engage in any fraudulent or illegal act, device, scheme, artifice to defraud or for obtaining money or property by means of a false pretense, representation or promise, transaction or enterprise in connection with any solicitation or with the registration, reporting and disclosure provisions of this article. The term "fraud" or "fraudulent" as used herein shall include those acts which may be characterized as misleading or deceptive including but not limited to those acts covered by the term "fraud" or "fraudulent" under subdivision twelve of section sixty-three of this chapter. To establish fraud neither intent to defraud nor injury need to be shown; or

  3. Use or intend to use false or materially misleading advertising or promotional material in connection with any solicitation; or

  4. Fail to apply contributions in a manner substantially consistent with the solicitation or the registration statement of the charitable organization or the purposes expressed therein; or

  5. Enter into any contract or agreement with or otherwise employ or engage any professional fund raiser, fund raising counsel or professional solicitor required to be registered pursuant to this article unless such professional fund raiser, fund raising counsel or professional solicitor has provided to such person a statement, signed under penalties for perjury, that it is registered and in compliance with all filing requirements of this article; or

  6. Enter into any contract or agreement, employment or engagement to raise funds or conduct any fund raising activities for any charitable organization required to be registered pursuant to this article unless such charitable organization is registered and in compliance with all filing requirements of this article; or

  7. Repeatedly and wilfully fail to file as required by this article any fund-raising contract, closing statement or report or other form or document; or

  8. Fail to respond or comply within sixty days with any cease and desist order of the attorney general; or

  9. Represent in any manner that registration constitutes an endorsement or approval by the state or the attorney general; or

  10. Solicit for a charitable purpose or engage in any other fund raising activities without being a registered charitable organization in compliance with all filing requirements of this article, if required to be registered, or having a written contract or agreement with a charitable organization or registered charitable organization if required to be registered, authorizing solicitation on its behalf; or

  11. Continue soliciting on behalf of a charitable organization more than fifteen days after the cancellation in accordance with subdivision six of section one hundred seventy-four-a of this article; or

  12. Act as or enter any contract or other agreement with a charitable organization as a professional fund raiser, fund raising counsel, or professional solicitor without having registered and being in compliance with all filing and disclosure requirements of this article; or

  13. Fail to maintain books and records as required by this article or fail to produce to the attorney general any such books and records within fifteen days of receiving, by certified mail, a request for such books and records; or

  14. Fail to discontinue solicitation immediately or to register pursuant to this article within fifteen days after the attorney general has given notice pursuant to subdivision two of section one hundred seventy-five of this article of violation of subdivision one, two, or three of section one hundred seventy-four of this article; or

  15. Fail to provide a charitable organization with an accurate accounting of a sale advertised for its benefit as prescribed by subdivision three of section one hundred seventy-three-a of this article; or

  16. Knowingly use in the course of soliciting contributions for or on behalf of a charitable organization a name, symbol, or other mark so closely related or similar to that used by another established charitable organization that the use thereof would tend to confuse or mislead the public; or

  17. Solicit contributions in a manner or with words which are coercive as such term is defined pursuant to section 135.65 of the penal law; or

  18. Vote or use personal influence as an officer or member of the board of directors of a charitable organization, a majority of whose members are professional fund raisers or their designees on matters on which such officer or member has a financial or material conflicting interest; or

  19. Include in any solicitation a statement that the financial report of a charitable organization or professional fund raiser is on file with the attorney general unless the charitable organization or professional fund raiser has complied with all filing requirements pursuant to this article and article eight of the estates, powers and trusts law, to the extent also applicable; or

  20. Use in any solicitation a New York state address, including a New York state return address unless:

  (a) the charitable organization maintains and staffs an office at that address; or

  (b) immediately proximate to the New York address, both the address of the charitable organization's actual headquarters and the fact that the New York address is a "mail drop", using this or a substantially similar term that clearly conveys the message that the New York address is that of a mail handling facility; or

  21. State or imply that a charitable organization conducts any activities in New York and/or benefits New York state residents unless it conducts such activities and/or provides such benefits.