January 29, 2010
AGs in Action: Former Officials of Connecticut Medical Charity and Denver Human Society Targeted
The Hartford Courant reports that Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has filed suit against the former executive director of Remedy, Inc., a New Haven medical charity, accusing him of using approximately $100,000 in donations for his personal expenses from August 2007 through May 2008. The alleged expenses include a laundry list of living expenses, including automobile costs, grocery purchases, and travel. The charity promotes recovering unused medical supplies for use globally. The AG's press release states he is seeking restitution, penalties, and an order blocking the former executive director from further violations. It also notes the investigation began after a complaint from the organization's founder, who had discovered the alleged inappropriate expenses.
Separately, the Denver Post reports that Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has settled a civil lawsuit against former officials of the Colorado Humane Society. As part of that settlement the former executive director and her husband have been barred from operating or managing charitable organizations for a decade, and from owning and operating any business covered by the Colorado Pet Animal Care Facilities Act for the next five years. The executive director's daughter, who served as the charity's director of operations, is barred from both operating a charity for the next two years and operating any business covered by the Pet Animal Care Facilities Act for one year. According to the AG's press release, the original complaint alleged numerous violations of Colorado law, including of the Charitable Solicitations Act, the Consumer Protection Act, and the Revised Non-Profit Corporations Act. In the consent decree relating to the settlement, none of the individuals involved admitted any liability or any of the factual allegations in the complaint. In the wake of the suit, a court agreed to allow the sale the Colorado Humane Society's assets, and its responsibilities have now been assumed by the new Humane Society of the South Platte Valley. Documents relating to the lawsuit and its resolution can be found at the website of the custodian for the Colorado Humane Society. According to a press report, the investigation began after a local TV news program broke a story about a dozen dead animals having been discarded in a dumpster.
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