Monday, August 26, 2013

Most Will Get Off In $300 Million Charity Fraud

by Gary Snyder

Prosecutors say Jerry Bass, the national commander of Allied Veterans of the World, faced more than 200 charges including running a $300 million illegal lottery, money laundering and possessing slot machines. He along with 57 Allied Veterans defendants, gave about $6 million to veterans out of nearly $300 million in profits. Investigators said much of the money went to charity leaders, who spent much of it on boats, beachfront condos and cars such as Maseratis, Ferraris and Porsches.


Allied Veterans’ former commander, Johnny Duncan, last week pleaded no contest to one count of money laundering and four counts of maintaining an illegal lottery. He will be sentenced to probation at a later date. Another defendant, John Hessong, was given the opportunity to enter a pretrial diversion program.

The investigation into Allied Veterans led to the resignation of former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll after she was interviewed during the probe. She has denied wrongdoing and wasn’t charged. (source)



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