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Court Orders Veterans Fundraiser to Shut Down and Pay $400,000 | Military.com

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A nonprofit organization that sought and collected donations — supposedly for paid phone cards for veterans and their families — was ordered by a Minnesota court Thursday to shut down after the state Attorney General’s Office said the charity fraudulently collected hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Along with closing operations, Colorado-based TREA (The Retired Enlisted Association) Memorial Foundation must come up with more than $400,000 that will be distributed to legitimate veterans-support groups in the state, according to the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, which prevailed in Ramsey County District Court.

The foundation “did not purchase a single phone card to veterans or their families for years — all while it collected hundreds of thousands in contributions from Minnesotans,” read a statement from the office of Attorney General Lori Swanson.

TREA director of operations Debbie Osborne said Thursday the foundation actually did buy thousands of phone cards and distributed them to veterans and families “when applications were received.”

Source: Court Orders Veterans Fundraiser to Shut Down and Pay $400,000 | Military.com


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