Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Gambling and Charity Fraud

by Gary Snyder

Two more examples of charity fraud because of gambling:

 A federal court charged former NFL wide receiver Reggie Rucker with wire fraud and making a false statement to law enforcement. He allegedly took money from a charitable fund to settle gambling debts and other personal expenses. He served as executive director of the Amer-I-Can charity. Using the charity's bank account, he allegedly helped pay his mortgage in addition to paying for meals, groceries, travel expenses and dry cleaning. He is also accused of withdrawing more than $48,000 from casinos in Cleveland, Las Vegas and Tampa, Florida, and in total, paying roughly $65,000 in gambling debts from the Amer-I-Can fund. Authorities charged Rucker with taking nearly $500,000 from the charity between 2011 and February 2015. 

 The former executive director of the Miracles Club has been indicted on accusations that he embezzled $144,000 from the Northeast Portland (OR) nonprofit, then gambled away much of the money at the Spirit Mountain Casino. He has been appointed the Miracles Club's interim executive director. It's unclear when Bryant left his job as executive director. Miracles Club leaders are working to tighten controls.

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