Friday, January 31, 2014

More Deceit From Cancer Charity Fraudster

by Gary Snyder

A man who is accused of using bogus cancer charities, including Say No 2 Cancer and Boobies Rock!, to raise at least $2 million from June 2011 to June 2013 has been sentenced to 14 days in jail.

Denver District Court Judge Shelley Gilman ordered Adam Cole Shryock to report to jail after finding he violated court orders issued last summer prohibiting him from continuing to sell merchandise, collect money or promote events on behalf of any organization claiming to be a charity.

According to the Colorado Attorney General's office, Shryock tried to evade a court-ordered asset freeze by asking that money raised in the schemes be sent directly to his home.

Shryock, the founder of Boobies Rock!, The Se7ven Group and Say No 2 Cancer, allegedly held promotions all over the country, mostly in bars, and hired promotional models to "take donations" on behalf of Boobies Rock, saying the company was raising money for breast-cancer nonprofit groups.

"For us charity fraud is particularly pernicious. Whether it is cancer — which I think is really bad — or almost any charity, there are two victims in every charitable scam," deputy attorney general Jan Zavislan said. "There is the donor who thinks they are giving money to a legitimate charity and are going to help somebody. But it also dilutes money that otherwise would be available for legitimate charities. And in some ways, that is almost worse."

"In reality, the 'scholarship fund' was nothing more than a cash bonus for the promotional managers and the entire scheme ran afoul of the court's orders," Attorney General John Suthers said in a statement. (source)




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