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Feds Settle With Last 2 Cancer Charity Scammers

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Check out a national charity scam that allegedly stole some $75 million dollars in cancer charity donations from unsuspecting victims nationwide. There needs to be a special place in Hell for these kinds of human garbage.

If you ever donated to Cancer Fund of America Inc. (CFA) or Cancer Support Services Inc. (CSS) your donations probably didn’t go towards Cancer Research, according to the FTC. The defendants, and their leader, James Reynolds, Sr., have agreed to settle charges that CFA and CSS claimed to help cancer patients, but instead, spent the overwhelming majority of donations on their operators, families and friends, and fundraisers.

“Two nationwide organizations purporting to be cancer charities will be dissolved, and their president is banned from profiting from any charity fundraising in the future, under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, all 50 states and the District of Columbia” – FTC News Release

Of course, the scammers got no criminal charges or jail time, and instead have been “banned for life”.

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The FTC originally filed the complaint, in May 2015. The original complaint targeted four purported non-profits, which the FTC alleged were sham charities, run by Reynolds and his family members. The Commission says they allegedly bilked more than $187 million from donors. CFA and CSS were responsible for more than $75 million of that amount.

The other two alleged sham charities settled in May 2015. The settlement announced Wednesday, concludes the largest joint enforcement action ever undertaken by the FTC and state charity regulators.

“The FTC and our state enforcement partners have ended a pernicious charity fraud that siphoned hundreds of millions of dollars away from well-meaning consumers, legitimate charities, and people with cancer who needed the services the defendants falsely promised,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “Today’s settlement, along with those announced earlier, shut down the sham charities once and for all and banned the individual perpetrators for life.”

Here is the FTC Cancer Charity Scam information 

 

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