23 March 2014

Veterans charity again under fire, charged with deceiving donors | RallyPoint.com

Veterans charity again under fire, charged with deceiving donors


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By Jeremy Schwartz
Copyright Austin (Texas) American-Statesman

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas attorney general’s office has charged the Veterans Support Organization...

In a lawsuit filed this week in Travis County District Court, state prosecutors seek to seize funds raised by the group in Texas and bar the group from operating in the state. For several years, the group operated chapters in Austin, Dallas and Houston, sending veterans and nonveterans alike to stand outside supermarkets and other stores to raise money. According to the lawsuit, the group raised $2.5 million in the state between 2010 and 2012.

In February, the Austin American-Statesman published an investigation into the group, revealing that it gave less than 1 percent of the $7.1 million it raised from the public in 2011 for grants to needy veterans. Members of the Austin and Dallas chapters quit as a group in December after managers said they became aware of how much money the group was sending out of state.

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