Cuomo sues to close fake breast cancer charity

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is suing to shut down what he calls a "sham" charity organization that claimed to raise money for breast cancer.

A judge issued a temporary restraining order against the Long Island-based Coalition for Breast Cancer Cures, Inc.

The court order freezes the assets of the organization and prevents it from soliciting donations, collecting money or destroying documents. Prosecutors say the operation is run by David and Mindy Winston, of Great Neck, and other members of the Winston family. The lawsuit alleges the Winstons duped people out of more than $500,000 by falsely claiming donations would support the fight against breast cancer.

Authorities say the Winstons used the money on luxury shopping, travel, restaurants and other personal living expenses. "The Winstons are exploiting the good intentions of New Yorkers," said Cuomo.

Donors who suspect they have fallen victim to charity fraud should contact the attorney general's office at CharitiesNYS.com or by calling (212) 416-8402.

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