Friday, April 9, 2010
The St. Petersburg Times had done a series of articles and related blog posts questioning the legitimacy of the United States Navy Veterans Association, a charity. The newspaper reports that of 85 listed national and state officers, it could only find one of them, operating out of duplex in Tampa. The article also raises questions about whether that individual has been mixing the nonprofit's funds with his personal political activities. Apparently in response to these articles, Florida officials launched an investigation of the organization this week. What is perhaps most interesting is that the Association appears to have made its required federal and state filings, which formed the initial basis for the newpaper's investigation. It will be interesting to see if these filings were inaccurate and, if they were, if the Association and its leader(s) face any penalties as a result.