AG: Hudson Valley Veteran’s Charity Was Scam, Raffle Fake
A wounded warriors foundation in the Hudson Valley illegally collected thousands of dollars in raffle tickets without ever conducting a raffle.
On Tuesday, New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood announced a settlement agreement with the Wounded Warriors Foundation of Orange County, Inc. for illegally collecting thousands of dollars in raffle tickets without ever conducting a raffle.
“New Yorkers should be confident that their charitable donations are going to legitimate organizations that will use these funds to carry out the mission they advertise,” Underwood said. “Our office will hold accountable organizations that break the law and take advantage of the public’s generosity.”
According to the Attorney General's Office, the Wounded Warriors Foundation of Orange County is not affiliated with the national Wounded Warrior Project. The company sold raffle tickets at $50 per ticket and claimed the raffle’s grand prize was a new 2016 Ford Focus. Wounded Warriors Foundation of Orange County also said the raffle proceeds would go toward purchasing mobility and lift equipment for veterans who had suffered severe injuries while serving in the United States armed forces.
The organization raised $4,200 from its raffle ticket sales. However, after collecting the money for raffle tickets, the organization never actually conducted a raffle.
Upon receiving complaints from consumers who purchased raffle tickets, the Attorney General’s Office launched an investigation into the organization and its founder, Sean B. McCarthy.
The settlement agreement requires the Wounded Warriors Foundation of Orange County to either immediately dissolve or properly register as a not-for-profit corporation with the Attorney General’s Office. Founder Sean B. McCarthy paid $4,200 in victim restitution and must also pay $250 in civil penalties and a $5,000 bond.
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