New York Appellate Court Affirms Ruling Against Fraudulent Charities and Their Professional Fundraiser
The New York Supreme Court Appellate Division upheld lower court decisions against fraudulent charities and their professional fundraisers. The Court held that the State of New York may bring fraud actions against charitable fundraisers and that the multimillion dollar damages award against the defendants was proper. Copies of the decisions are posted below.
New York Attorney General Schneiderman Announces $1 Million Settlement with Officials of So-Called Children’s Leukemia Foundation and Their Auditor
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that his office has reached a settlement agreement resolving a lawsuit brought against the Brooklyn-based National Children’s Leukemia Foundation (“NCLF”), its founder and leader Zvi Shor, its president Yehuda Gutwein, the founder’s son, Shlomo Shor, and its auditor, Shlomo Donn. The Attorney General had filed a nine-count petition to shut down NCLF in July 2015 in Kings County Supreme Court.
Through this settlement, NCLF will be permanently closed, its former officers barred from serving as fiduciaries of any New York charity, with nation-wide bans for the founder and his son. The former officers will also be barred from soliciting funds on behalf of any charity. The Attorney General will also recover $380,000 dollars, most of which will be directed to charities helping children with leukemia. Shor, age 64 and a resident of Brooklyn, New York, forfeited claims to an additional $612,844 in back-pay, in addition to a claim to a life-time pension and other benefits. NCLF’s former accountant and auditor must report the identities of any non-profit clients to the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau for the next three years. The settlement is subject to approval by the court.
The Texas Attorney General announced a settlement in an enforcement action against Veterans Support Organization (VSO) and its four principals. Under the agreed final judgment and permanent injunction, the defendants must cease engaging in unlawful charitable contributions in Texas, and must dissolve VSO as a charitable organization in Texas.
The press release and Agreed Final Judgment and Permanent Injunction can be found below:
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