Restitution, though no jail, for Lowell male who ran fraudulent charities …

WOBURN — A 26-year-old Lowell male who stole scarcely $76,000 in donations meant for charities that support cancer patients, bleeding veterans, firefighters and others avoided jail time when he was condemned to 3 years of trial and systematic to compensate restitution.

And a judgment handed down to Zachary Noonan, of Lowell, by Superior Court Judge John Lu, came notwithstanding a recommendation from Middlesex County prosecutors that Noonan be condemned to 3 to 4 years in jail followed by 3 years of probation.

Noonan pleaded guilty Tuesday in Middlesex Superior Court to 3 depends of robbery over $250 and a singular count of danger of a witness, according to justice records.

Noonan certified he deposited scarcely $76,000 into his personal bank accounts and afterwards spent a income on himself instead of flitting it along to a charities.

Noonan worked from 2012 to 2015 for an promotion association that legitimately solicited donations to and sole promotion space to non-profit organizations.

He left that pursuit in 2015, yet kept his hit list and began soliciting donations interest of feign charities.

In many cases, a names of Noonan’s fraudulent charities were identical to legitimate charities, such as “The Jimmy Fund for Kids,” instead of a genuine “The Jimmy Fund.”

The intrigue began to uncover in Feb when someone done a $100 concession believed to be for “The Volunteer Fireman,” that is a legitimate gift for firefighters, even yet Noonan was soliciting donations for a feign classification called “Volunteer Fireman.

The plant called Woburn military after realizing a website and phone series for a gift that Noonan supposing did not work.

Woburn military afterwards spoke a Lowell lady who certified she worked for Noonan to collect donations from businesses opposite Eastern Massachusetts, including some in Chelmsford, Fitchburg, and Burlington.

That lady pronounced she picked adult so many checks she couldn’t remember all a towns where Noonan had sent her. Police reports indicated that lady wasn’t charged since she believed Noonan was using a legitimate business.

In further to probation, Lu systematic Noonan to compensate $75,967 in restitution, and to make payments of $200 per month to The Jimmy Fund and New England Wounded Veterans Inc. Lu also systematic Noonan to take all his prescribed remedy and continue with mental-health treatment, according to justice records.

Noonan’s profession did not immediately lapse a call seeking comment.

District Attorney Marian Ryan, who works with banks, seniors, and others to assistance them detect such scams, pronounced a box ends only as many residents will be donating to charities during a holiday season.

Noonan continues to face a domestic attack box in Lowell District Court that he picked adult while a robbery box was pending.

In that case, Noonan is indicted of shoving his ex-girlfriend to a belligerent in early Oct on Middle Street in Lowell.

Noonan allegedly fled from officers who pursed him, and was struck with a military rod as he attempted to strike an officer with his elbows, according to a military report.

Noonan denied assaulting his ex-girlfriend and told military she simply fell down.

In that case, Noonan is charged with facing arrest, unfortunate a peace, and attack and battery on a family or domicile member, according to justice records.

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