COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) - Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray has ordered a veterans group to cancel all fundraising activities in the state.
Cordray's recent order follows the Attorney General's Charitable Law Section's finding that the U.S. Navy Veterans Association misrepresented itself in its registration documents. The group claims that it is a legitimate nonprofit organization, but its legitimacy has been questioned by news reports nationwide, Cordray said.
"There are serious questions being raised about the legitimacy of this organization and its fundraising activities in Ohio and across the country," Cordray said.
"We're going to shut down this organization's fundraising activities unless and until it can provide satisfactory answers to our questions. We need to do this to protect the hard-earned reputations of all our legitimate nonprofit veterans organizations in Ohio."
The U. S. Navy Veterans Association's alleged violations of the state's registration requirements include listing a UPS mailbox as the organization's principal place of business and failing to provide a proper number and address for its offices and personnel. Investigators have also not been able to find the three people listed on the documents who are responsible for collections in Ohio.
"While we honor our veterans on this Memorial Day weekend, we must remain vigilant of those fundraising organizations that seek to deceive donors and siphon off money from legitimate organizations serving our veterans," Cordray said.