Hood County TX man arrested after veterans charity complaints


Courtesy of McClatchy Co.

A veterans charity president was arrested in Hood County on Sunday after citizens raised concerns about how he raised funds for veterans.

Hood County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Douglas Lee Pruitt, 56, around 2 p.m. after the office received several complaints from residents, according to a news release.

Residents said they were concerned that Pruitt was collecting funds for veterans and filing the proper paperwork with the office of the Texas secretary of state, police said.

Pruitt leads the RALLY project.

Pruitt faces charges of having no registration statements to solicit for veterans and no bond. Both charges are misdemeanors and carry $1,000 bail.

Police said the financial matter was still under investigation.

If residents have donated money to one of its charities for a specific reason or a specific veteran and their wishes have not been honored, they can contact the Hood County Sheriff’s Office and relay information, the statement said.

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