A collection for what was a bogus anti-pedophile organization called “Real Hope for Kids” was being taken up by a con man named Hope, Lyndhurst police said today.
Brian J. Hope, 50, of Paramus, told local business owners along Ridge Road that he was collecting money and signatures to convince the United Nations to press countries to adopt tougher penalties for pedophiles, Capt. John Valente said.
Police looked into it and found that no such organization existed, Valente said.
“To help persuade the giving of a donation,” the captain said, Hope “stapled various denominations of money on to the petition to make it look as if other businesses had donated as well.”
He then pocketed the money, Valente said.
“Hope claimed that since he is not a 501(C)(3) organization of the Internal Revenue Service code [as documented on his petition] he did not accept donations for charitable purposes,” the captain added. “Therefore all money received was his to keep.
“He claimed that the signed petitions were then sent on to the United Nations.”
The address for “Real Hope for Kids” was the same as on his driver’s license — a mailbox rental shop on Route 17 South in Paramus, Valente said.
Hope was released on a summons charging hiim with canvassing without a permit.
MUGSHOT: Courtesy LYNDHURST PD
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