Friday, September 6, 2013

Charity Fraud Is Not Victimless

by Gary Snyder


She Died Thinking That Her Money Was Going Charity"

A more frequent theft route from charities is from estates. 

Pamela Ann Oriente estate was supposed to donate to East Carolina University’s Joyner Library, Deborah Heart and Lung Center, Greenville Community Shelter, the Pitt County Human Society and the American Diabetes Association, but her attorney raided the estate of $158,000. 

In total, he transferred $198,000 from a trust account that he shared with his partner. 

He  is serving a three-year federal sentence after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit mail, wire and bank fraud and subscribing to a false income tax return for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme.

His wife left him and moved with their two children to another state, and his home had been foreclosed.

He said he regretted hurting his family, banks and charities.


“In the beginning I felt like what I was doing was victimless, as if there was no harm done to anyone,” he said. “ ... As it turns out, the victims were all around me.”

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