The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a civil forfeiture action against Computers for Kids, Inc. and Robert Szweda over allegations that they made misrepresentations to the public.
According to a criminal complaint filed on December 10, 2012, Computer for Kids, Inc. is a registered non-stock Wisconsin corporation and the corporation's registered agent is Szweda.
The complaint states that Computers for Kids, Inc. and Szweda solicited donations of used computer equipment, to be refurbished and given to needy children, and cash. The complaint also alleges Computers for Kids, Inc. did not register and file required disclosures as required by Wisconsin’s charitable organizations law.
The complaint also alleges that Computers for Kids, Inc. and Szweda made misrepresentations to the public, including that most donations are taxable deductible.
The DOJ says those donations are not tax-deductible because Computers for Kids, Inc. is not a registered tax-exempt entity. The DOJ also notes that the company is not a certified recycling facility, like it told the public.
A Sauk County Circuit Court judge has been assigned the case.