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American Rescue Organisation Ordered to Pay Fines
Dina Alborano, head of the "icareihelp" racehorse rescue program spearheaded by online and social media drives, has agreed to pay civil penalties after depositing the donations into personal accounts, reports horseracingnation.com. According to a NJ Advance Media report published Monday, Alborano collected more than $344,000 over two years in an effort to keep former racehorses out of slaughterhouses. But because she never properly registered as a nonprofit the Attorney General's office took action, with the report indicating Alborano – who was not criminally charged – was fined $5,000. According to the settlement, per NJ Advance Media, Alborano is barred from taking a leadership position with or fundraising for charities in the future. Howard Pine, acting director of the Division of Consumer Affairs, said that "donor funds were funneled into bank accounts controlled by Alborano and an acquaintance and it's unclear from the records kept just how much of that money was actually used for rescuing horses." NTWO's Victoria Keith wrote, "The example of icareihelp illustrates why potential donors should tamp down the passionate emotions which come from the sight of a horse supposedly in danger in a kill pen and instead choose the more quiet but solid love for the horses found in hundreds of legitimate rescues across the nation."