Florida Sues Man For Making Bad Toys
The Florida State attorney general's office sued a company that made "Caylee" and Michael Vick toys and misled customers to believe profits would be donated to various charities, CNN reports.
The suit claims that Showbiz Promotions made false claims about charitable donations, lied about manufacturing the toys in the United States, and received customer complaints about delivery delays, AP reports.
Intentionally leading customers to believe they are donating to a charitable cause is reprehensible, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said in a statement.
"It is disgusting that a company would exploit a tragic situation for personal gain," McCollum said.
The company president, Jaime Salcedo, has said the doll was meant to be a "tribute." He also claimed that his company donated $5000 to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, of which only $10 can be verified.
The effort is outrageous, the president of NCEMEC said in a statement.
"NCMEC does not and will not ever be associated with any attempt to commercialize or raise money in connection with the victimization of any child," Ernie Allen said.