U.S. Cancer Charities Accused of $187 Million Dollar Fraud
From Democracy Now!:
Four U.S. cancer charities are being accused of massive fraud. The Federal Trade Commission says the groups funneled some $187 million into top officials’ pockets. The charities are the Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, Children’s Cancer Fund of America and the Breast Cancer Society. It could be one of the largest charity fraud cases of all time.
…boxes of sample-size soap, seasonal greeting cards and Little Debbie Snack Cakes.
Rumors surfaced that top officials treated themselves to lavish lifestyles and personal items from corporate cards, and created sham charity networks as offshoots for more money. South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond at a Washington, D.C., news conference, said:
Some charities send children to Disney World – these charities sent themselves to Disney World.
Three out of the four Web sites for the organizations targeted in the investigation are “not working.” The Breast Cancer Society has issued a letter on their homepage, and has shut down for good.