Friday, August 6, 2010

Charity Scam

Ohio authorities have issued a nationwide warranty for Bobby Thompson, the director of a suspect veteran’s charity organization. He used a stolen identity to execute an apparent fundraising scam.
Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray stated Thursday that the man who represented himself as Bobby Thompson used a false identity to rent a UPS box that served as a collection point for donations to the state's chapter of the U.S. Navy Veterans Association. Authorities have charged him with identity scam.
The real Bobby Thompson, whose identity (Social Security number and date of birth) was stolen, has absolutely no connection to the U.S. Navy Veterans Association.

The infer most recently lived in Tampa, Fla., but deserted his rented duplex in March after the St. Petersburg Times newspaper began inquiring him about the activities of the U.S. Navy Veterans Association.
The nonprofit association is under investigation in Virginia about whether millions of dollars raised by the group truly went to help Navy veterans. Regulators are unable to find its leaders, whose only known addresses are UPS mail drops.
According to Cordray's office, Ohioans have contributed nearly $1.9 million to the association.
Most of the elected officials who received contributions from Thompson moved quickly to donate the funds to charity. Bobby Thompson was the second-largest individual contributor to Cuccinelli's campaign.

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