My names Evan Jensen and I support this message.
I know the header banner is a little take off or spin of the Gettysburg bash clan,but is not truly from Time Magazine,but just maybe they should be.I mean think of it. They actually have the perfect plan,or is it?
Spokes person Kenny Biddle far left. Second from left is Pam Barry. 3rd from left, is Alleged psychic Lorie Johnson. Far right, is Steven Barry.
Americans contributed nearly $428 billion to charity in 2018, and it doubled in 2019 according to the Giving USA Foundation’s annual report on U.S. philanthropy. That generosity supports many amazing organizations that put those billions to work for health care, education, environmental protection, the arts and numerous other causes. Unfortunately, it also opens a door for scammers, who capitalize on donors’ goodwill to line their pockets.
We may have seen this, this past year with the funding of the said Battle field bash.
This is what we have been writing about.Many such frauds involve faux fundraising for veterans and disaster relief; scammers know how readily we open our hearts and wallets to those who served and those rebuilding their lives after hurricanes, earthquakes or wildfires. But charity scams come in all shapes and sizes, from grifts on social media and crowdfunding sites to massive national cons, like the network of bogus cancer charities the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said cheated donors in every state out of $187 million before it was busted in 2015.
According to some statistics I have compiled, since I have been writing about scammers and there antics, the cost of doing business with some of these paranormal culprits, is actually been into the billions. With nobody to stop them or even report on there devilry deeds, they have almost nearly gone unnoticed. Until now.
Just surmise, think, what if life sentences were handed out to any would be scammer? would it deter such? would they be so free and open to act out on social media, accuse and run anti attack campaigns even? I doubt it!
Charity scammers are especially active during the holidays, or when using a well known and popular charity, such as Wounded Warriors or kids for Cancer even. The biggest giving season of the year. Is where we can see this the most.But with a little research and a few precautions, you can help ensure your donations go to organizations that are genuinely serving others, not helping themselves or lining some scammers own said pockets.
Take for instance, this so called charity vehicle. The so called Tribute car. A car Pam and Steven Barry solicited funds for and accepted donations from art being painted all over there car, in the name of said charity? what is interesting is, any agency that assists charities such as wounded warriors, if they use there vehicles, they are always wheelchair equipped and have to meet certain standards, so ask yourselves folks, is there vehicle licenses and with proper insurance to haul folks around even?
Here is an article about the FBI, read it, sounds familiar to me. It talks about how the scammer made a charity look fantastic on paper, but that is all.
Bogus Charity Operator Sentenced.
Charity scams are sadly common; after high-profile disasters, there are often reports of fraudulent charities seeking to take advantage of those who want to help. The National Center for Disaster Fraud received more than 400 complaints of fraud after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma last year. And in the recent wake of Hurricanes Florence and Michael, donors should remain vigilant about this type of fraud.
Yet Georgia fraudster Kai Brockington took a different—and rather lucrative—approach to charity fraud. Rather than stealing from individual givers, he convinced (or paid) people to lie to their employers about donating to his charity so he could pocket the matching funds provided by their companies.
“He created a real charity on paper, but it never actually did anything other than line his own pockets,” said Special Agent James Harter of the FBI’s Atlanta Division, who worked this case alongside investigators from the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Postal Service.
Brockington set up a charity known as Our Genesis Project that claimed to create community medical clinics and other facilities to serve those in need. He registered the organization as a charity with both the state of Georgia and the Internal Revenue Service.
He then tricked his own employer into matching his donation and also got several friends and associates to provide fake documentation to their own employers stating that they had donated thousands of dollars. The companies then matched the donations, which went directly to Brockington. In many cases, he actually paid the donors a portion of his ill-gotten gains—an indication that his charity was a scam.
Brockington received $668,000 in donations over about four years, which he spent on himself and his family.
“He created a real charity on paper, but it never actually did anything other than line his own pockets.”
James Harter, special agent, FBI Atlanta
“Not one penny went to anything charitable,” Harter said. “He bought expensive clothes, shoes, and jewelry. He took his family to Italy and on several extravagant vacations.”
The FBI was eventually tipped off by a bank regarding suspicious activity on the charity’s account and began looking into Our Genesis Project. Harter noticed that the charity’s website was constantly under construction, and there was no other evidence of anything charitable occurring. When interviewed, Brockington admitted his scheme. He pleaded guilty in May to tax fraud and mail fraud and was sentenced in August to 41 months in federal prison.
Harter said well-meaning businesses that did not check into the charities they were sending matching funds to was a major factor in Brockington’s successful swindle. Many of the “donations” made to the charity were obviously beyond the means of the employees who made them—in two cases, employees claimed to have donated $100,000.
“If the employee’s income wouldn’t reasonably cover a charitable donation, the employer should probably ask where that money is coming from before matching the donation,” Harter said.
Given that companies have limited budgets to provide to their charity-matching programs, Harter said this case was important to pursue.
“It’s definitely rewarding to stop someone who was not just stealing from a big company, but stealing money the company would have given to a legitimate charity,” Harter said. “That makes it a very rewarding arrest and conviction.”
Avoiding Charity Fraud
Follow the Federal Trade Commission’s tips for online charity research.
Donate to charities you know and trust.
Most legitimate charity websites use .org, not .com.
Pay by credit card or check.
Make contributions directly, rather than through an intermediary.
Be aware of charities with copycat names.
For that said record! We have come to find out Lorie Johnson’s accusing people of taking her pics. This is what we have to say.
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