New York, Virginia, investigates a charity for veterans
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The New York Attorney General’s Office has joined Virginia officials in investigating a veterans’ organization that spends nearly all of the money it raises on telemarketing consultants and salaries of its own. leader.
The nonprofit Center for American Homeless Veterans is to turn over to New York officials records “relevant and material to an investigation and investigation, conducted in the public interest, into CAHV’s solicitation of charitable contributions,” according to reports. documents obtained by the Center for Public Integrity.
Sarah Rutherford, spokeswoman for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, declined to comment when asked about the undated documents: “In relation to this matter, we do not comment on ongoing investigations and for For this reason, we cannot provide any further information.”
The Center for American Homeless Veterans and two sister organizations led by the same man – retired Army Major Brian Arthur Hampton – have raised millions of dollars from donors across the country, but very little of the money goes to veterans themselves, the Center for Public Integrity reported in December. Most people who donate to Hampton-operated groups make modest contributions in response to telemarketing calls, direct mail or other such solicitations.
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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s office confirmed in February that it was also investigating the Center for American Homeless Veterans, alleging the charity “engaged in misleading donors into believing that funds would be used for veterans aid programs and organizations, while the funds were not used for those purposes.”
It is illegal in Virginia and New York – Hampton groups are registered to raise funds in those states and most other US states – to lie to donors about how their money will be spent.
Rep. Walter B. Jones, RN.C., in February called on the leaders of two U.S. House committees to launch an investigation into “bad actors” who cheat donors and enrich themselves on behalf of Veterans. He cited the Center for Public Integrity’s investigation of the Hampton veterans operation and media reports of other veterans charities.
Congressional officials and a spokesperson for the Virginia attorney general’s office did not respond to requests for updates.
Hampton denies any wrongdoing.
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