Friday, October 30, 2015

Fundraiser Took $2.6 million From Cancer Charity

by Gary Snyder

Fun-run operator—Frederick Bradley Kellogg and his company, Fresh New Taste LLC—is being sued by the MN Attorney General for violations of charity and consumer protection laws.

Fred Kellogg and his companies are accused of false and misleading solicitations for donations, deceptive trade practices, acting as a professional fundraiser without the required state registration, and failing to file solicitation notices with the state. 

According to the complaint, Kellogg hasn’t paid anything this year to the small cancer charity that these runs were ostensibly meant to benefit—moreover, they have ignored requests by that charity to stop using their name in solicitations. Swanson’s office has been making it their business to hold accountable those for-profit companies that scam the public and nonprofits in these kinds of ways.

According to the Star Tribune Kellogg and Fresh New Taste have racked up more than 60 unpaid judgments over the years and owe at least $2.6 million. Kellogg, in fact, is serving 20 years’ probation for a 2012 conviction of felony theft by swindle.

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