Wednesday, July 8, 2015

This Cancer Charity Fraud Is A Family Affair

by Gary Snyder

The Tennessee secretary of state’s office is investigating a cancer nonprofit with family ties to four other charities that were sued in May by the federal government on allegations they bilked donors of $187 million..
The group being investigated is the American Association for Cancer Support Inc., of Knoxville, TN.
Two of the four charities mentioned in the suit—one of the largest-ever involving a charity—have agreed to shut down. The American Association for Cancer Support wasn’t named in the suit and continues to operate.

The FTC suit states that family members spent most of the money they took in through their charities on telemarketers, vacations, cars, sporting events and high-paying jobs for family and friends. It said those who ran the organizations “engaged in a massive, nationwide fraud.”
The $4.9 million charity gave away about $35,000 worth of supplies to American cancer treatment centers and about $98,000 worth of goods to U.S. individuals in 2014. None of the gifts were in cash. The group raised $1.9 million in direct donations from the public—but paid $1.7 million to for-profit telemarketing firms to get the money.

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