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      Man charged with charity violation

      An Ishpeming business owner has been arrested for an alleged violation of the Charitable Solicitation Act.

      According to the Marquette County Sheriff's Department, the charge is against 40-year-old Scott Martin of Ishpeming, owner of Martin Sports Apparel. Martin made shirts to honor an Ishpeming boy that died in a car crash on October 5, 2012. Thirteen-year-old Christopher "Bubba" Croley died when the car he was in was hit by a drunk driver in the town of Middle Inlet, Wisconsin.

      Martin made t-shirts honoring the boy and charged $15. According to a story that we ran on October 12, 2012, the shirts were being sold for $15 and $10 was to go to the Croley family. According to the court and charges he is facing, the money from the shirt sales was allegedly never given to the family, which would make it a Charitable Solicitation Act felony.

      The sheriff's department says Martin was arrested in early March and arraigned in Ishpeming District Court where he posted a $500 bond. Martin's preliminary hearing is set for March 18 at 11 a.m. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison.