Fox News: FTC, states, target bogus veterans’ charities in new crackdown: ‘It’s war profiteering’

Generous Americans give more than $2.5 billion a year to some 40,000 charities with missions designed to help veterans. Lately, however, this crowded field has been inundated by fraud, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC launched Operation Donate with Honor in July to spotlight the problem of fraudulent and deceptive fundraising on behalf of military and veterans’ causes. Continue reading “Fox News: FTC, states, target bogus veterans’ charities in new crackdown: ‘It’s war profiteering’”

OKLAHOMA – AG Hunter, Tulsa VFW Commander & AARP Announce 20 Count Felony Indictment on Tulsa Man for Charity Fraud Involving a Veterans Organization

TULSA – Attorney General Mike Hunter was joined today by Tulsa VFW Commander Joshua Starks and AARP’s Wayne Blackmon to announce a 20-count felony indictment on a Tulsa man for his role in a charity fraud case that has defrauded around 600 individuals in Oklahoma.

An investigation has found Jeff McDougal is alleged to have solicited charitable contributions on behalf of American Oklahoma Veterans of Green Country for the purpose of assisting veterans, through his for-profit fundraising business, Cornerstone Oklahoma. Continue reading “OKLAHOMA – AG Hunter, Tulsa VFW Commander & AARP Announce 20 Count Felony Indictment on Tulsa Man for Charity Fraud Involving a Veterans Organization”

OKLAHOMA – Attorney General Hunter Files Charity Fraud Charges against Former President of the Down Syndrome Association of Tulsa

TULSA – Attorney General Mike Hunter today charged a former board president of the Down Syndrome Association of Tulsa for allegedly embezzling money from the organization.

Jamie Harper faces 19 counts of embezzlement and one count of engaging in a pattern of criminal offenses after an investigation by the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit. Continue reading “OKLAHOMA – Attorney General Hunter Files Charity Fraud Charges against Former President of the Down Syndrome Association of Tulsa”

BBB Wise Giving Alliance – Wise Giving Wednesday: Donate With Honor – Veterans Charity Misspends Funds and Is Permanently Closed

In the BBB Wise Giving Alliance’s continuing Wise Giving Wednesday series about the “Donate With Honor” press conference held at the Washington DC office of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) along with state Attorneys General and state charity regulators, we take a closer look at another one of the referenced veterans charities that was the subject of government action: National Vietnam Veterans Foundation. This organization was accused of mismanagement and misspending funds. Continue reading “BBB Wise Giving Alliance – Wise Giving Wednesday: Donate With Honor – Veterans Charity Misspends Funds and Is Permanently Closed”

Washington – AG Ferguson files lawsuit against nonprofit founder with ties to organized crime

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a lawsuit to shut down six fake nonprofit entities posing as well-known, international organizations created by Ian Richard Hosang, a former stockbroker who has ties to the mafia. The lawsuit alleges that Hosang could be using the nonprofits to cover up illegal activity.

Hosang created six nonprofit entities in Washington: American Cancer Society of Seattle, American Cancer Society of Washington, American Red Cross of Seattle, American Red Cross of Washington, United Way of Seattle and United Way of Washington. None of these nonprofits are related to the legitimate, charitable organizations with the same or similar names.

See full press release here.