Virginia AG Herring going after ‘phony’ veteran charities

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RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced he is taking action against charities he says conned Virginians out of money that was meant to be used for veterans.

Attorney General Herring has filed suit against Hearts 2 Heroes Inc., a for-profit company doing business as Active Duty Support Services Inc., and has entered into a settlement with Operation Troop Aid Inc. and its president and chief executive officer to resolve a multi-state investigation of the charity. 

“When so called charities say they are going to collect money that will help veterans and service members when in fact they are just trying to rip people off that is reprehensible and we are going to go after them,” Herring said.

Herring says Hearts 2 Heroes lead prospective donors to believe that it was a charity, when it is not.  He went on to say the organization promised care packages that weren’t delivered.

Operation Troop Aid is accused of using donated funds for purposes other than those expressly represented as the charitable purpose of the charity.

“It takes advantage of the generosity that Virginians have who want to do good help veterans,” Herring added.

The enforcement actions are being announced in conjunction with “Operation Donate with Honor,” a joint effort between Virginia, other states, and the Federal Trade Commission to crack down on fraudulent charities that falsely claim to benefit veterans and service members. 

Herring says if a donator has questions about a charity call the Consumer Protection line at 800-552-9963.

The Federal Trade Commission also has tips on its website.

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