Friday, May 22, 2009
The Federal Trade Commission has announcedit is working with 48 states to bring enforcement actions against 76 entities or individuals involved in fundraising solicitations that tricked individuals into making donations to fake charities. Operation False Charity is targeting 32 fundraising companies, 22 non-profits or purported non-profits, and 31 individuals. The entities included sham non-profit organizations with names such as American Veterans Relief Foundation, Inc., Coalition of Police and Sheriffs, Inc., and Disabled Firefighters Fund, that were created almost entirely to funnel donations to their founders and for-profit fundraisers. Media coverage of the crackdown is available from the Los Angeles Times, the Columbus Dispatch, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.