Monday, April 14, 2014

Truly shameful behavior by leadership, regulators; this terrible company

by Gary Snyder

The company was accused of 430 violations. 

It owes the IRS more than $15.5 million and the state of Michigan more than $1.1 million.

It kept as much as 80 cents out of every dollar it collected for the charities it did telemarketing for.

Last month, even though the Attorney General said “Michigan law requires honesty of our professional fund-raisers. We will not tolerate those that abuse the name of this office to deceive donors.” He settled with the company for a meager $45,000 for misleading senior citizens in their phone pitches. A mere slap on the wrist.

Now the Southfield (MI)-based Associated Community Services, one of the largest charity telemarketers in the U.S., has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

As if sticking it to the intended recipients of multiple charities was not enough, it intends to do the same to 39 creditors including AT&T, the cities of Dearborn and Southfield, Ricoh, PNC Bank, Oakland County, a Missouri law firm and a Syracuse, N.Y. headphones company.

Congress, state attorneys' general other regulators and charity leadership have failed to step up and control this detestable behavior. 

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