DS Max International, Affiliates Ordered to Stop Soliciting in PA

Nov 04, 2003, 00:00 ET from Pennsylvania Department of State

    HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Pedro A. Cortes, Secretary of the
 Commonwealth, ordered DS Max International Inc. and its affiliates to stop
 soliciting funds in Pennsylvania because neither the company nor its
 affiliates were registered with the Department of State's Bureau of Charitable
     Cortes said the company and its affiliates were ordered to register as a
 professional solicitor under the state's Solicitation of Funds for Charitable
 Purposes Act but refused.
     Cortes said DS Max International and all known and unknown officers,
 directors, principals, shareholders, subsidiaries, agents, employees and
 independent contractors, including but not limited to Cydcor, Granton
 Marketing, Top Flight Enterprises Inc., O-Line Promotions, Inc., Executive
 Marketing Concepts Inc., Ultimate Promotions Inc., Elite Promotional Group
 Inc., and Apex Marketing and Promotions Inc., may not solicit until DS Max
 International is registered with the state.
     Any person solicited by DS Max International and its affiliates is asked
 to call the Bureau's Special Investigation Unit toll free at 1-800-732-0999.
     The Bureau has developed an online database with financial profiles on
 more than 7,700 registered charities as well as 350 professional solicitors
 and fund-raising counsels.  The Web site offers information about how much a
 charity spends on fund-raising, administrative costs and direct program costs.
     The Web site address is www.dos.state.pa.us.
     CONTACT:  Allison Hrestak or Brian McDonald, Pennsylvania Department of
 State, +1-717-783-1621.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of State