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    Fake Veterans Charities

    I am always suspicious of charities and seldom donate to them. I usually think that charities associated with wildlife or animal rights are big scams, but even major cancer charities and children's charities have ripped off millions of dollars from generous people.

    Veterans charities are no different; be careful who you give money to.

    Man Accused Of Siphoning Millions From Fake Veterans' Charity

    NPR
    by SCOTT NEUMAN
    September 30, 201312:42 PM


    An ex-military intelligence officer who prosecutors say siphoned millions from a bogus charity for U.S. Navy veterans is going on trial in Ohio.

    The 67-year-old defendant calls himself Bobby Thompson, but authorities say his real name is John Donald Cody. He was arrested last year in Portland, Ore., after two years on the run, and is charged with masterminding a $100 million multistate fraud using a charity called United States Veterans Association, based in Tampa, Fla.

    Thompson, who worked in military intelligence in the 1970s and is described as a Harvard-trained lawyer, has claimed in court filings that he's still working as a "nonofficial cover" agent for the CIA, and that the charity is part of a secret operation.

    The Tampa Bay Times reports that "in a handwritten court motion, Thompson alleged that the Tampa charity was not a criminal enterprise but 'a U.S. intelligence community/White House and Republican Party manipulated operation.' "

    Thompson faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of the fraud. Prosecutors say the charity he ran "turned out to be a total charade," according to the Times:

    "Its state chapters were mail drops, its directors nonexistent. It gave little aid to veterans.
    "During the trial, which is expected to last at least six weeks, prosecutors say they'll show that Thompson siphoned money from the charity's accounts for personal use and used dozens of stolen identities to cover his tracks.

    "But Thompson, who ran Navy Veterans from a roach-infested duplex in Ybor City, yet became a major Republican donor and had his picture taken — twice — with President George W. Bush, has a different explanation."


    This article has more details:

    http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/...harity/2144548

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    Re: Fake Veterans Charities

    Up to 40 yrs for this level of fraud.. Na. Lets punish him in accordance with Sharia law.. CUT HIS HANDS OFF!

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    I'm of the opinion that most charities nowadays are fraudulent.

    If not out and out frauds...they do minimal actual good while the directors and staff earn huge salaries.

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    Re: Fake Veterans Charities

    Quote Originally Posted by Measure Man View Post
    I'm of the opinion that most charities nowadays are fraudulent.
    If not out and out frauds...they do minimal actual good while the directors and staff earn huge salaries.
    I am in firm agreement with you on this. That's why before I donate to a veteran's nonprofit I take a hard look at it. Because every nonprofit is required to post how much of every dollar donated actually goes to helping people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CYBERFX1024 View Post
    Because every nonprofit is required to post how much of every donated actually goes to helping people.
    I can't cite any specific examples right now...I'm also suspicious that they take significant liberty with the definition of what is "helping people."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Measure Man View Post
    I can't cite any specific examples right now...I'm also suspicious that they take significant liberty with the definition of what is "helping people."
    I do to. But what they usually have a percentage of what every dollar goes to. There was a post going around on fb about certain good Veterans charities.

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    Re: Fake Veterans Charities

    I am tempted to start some bullshit charity for educating people on organic food or starting a language center to teach people how to speak dolphin language.

    That or some new age crystal bullshit church.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Absinthe Anecdote View Post
    I am tempted to start some bullshit charity for educating people on organic food or starting a language center to teach people how to speak dolphin language.

    That or some new age crystal bullshit church.
    Measure Man's Home for Wayward Women.

    click here to donate: :why:

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    Re: Fake Veterans Charities

    Quote Originally Posted by Measure Man View Post
    I'm of the opinion that most charities nowadays are fraudulent.

    If not out and out frauds...they do minimal actual good while the directors and staff earn huge salaries.
    Many aren't fraudulent and provide a valuable service, but here's a list of the worst from a Tampa Bay Times investigation earlier this year.

    http://www.tampabay.com/americas-worst-charities/

    Notice how many of them are purportedly for children and cancer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BENDER56 View Post
    Many aren't fraudulent and provide a valuable service, but here's a list of the worst from a Tampa Bay Times investigation earlier this year.

    http://www.tampabay.com/americas-worst-charities/

    Notice how many of them are purportedly for children and cancer.
    Emerson self-licking ice cream cones, right there.

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