Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Multiple Charity Scammer Caught Taking $100 million

by Gary Snyder

Richard Olive represented his TN phony charity group, National Foundation of America, as a legitimate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. During that time, he solicited elderly investors for $30 million in annuities and real estate. He told the investors that they would receive an “installment bargain contract” from National Foundation of America that would give them a guaranteed payout within a certain period and a tax deduction.
When clients turned over existing annuities to Mr. Olive's group, he would surrender most of these contracts so the organization would obtain the funds, triggering surrender penalties, according to the indictment.
In the end, less than half of 1% of the $23.6 million the group received went to charity, prosecutors said. 
Mr. Olive's brush with the law in Tennessee is only the latest development in his legal history. The Securities and Exchange Commission last month filed charges against him, his wife Susan and a Tallahassee, Fla.-based organization they controlled called We the People Inc. of the United States.
The SEC claims that from June 2008 through April 2012, the group allegedly raised some $75 million from 400 elderly investors in more than 30 states using bogus charitable gift annuities.

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