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Do you know where your 9-11 donations went? I hope none ended up with these guys...

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posted on Aug, 30 2011 @ 06:12 PM
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Its absolutely appalling the way some people use the charitable instincts of others to make a quick buck for themselves. Luckily, there are some people paying attention to call them out when they get too greedy.


The 9/11 Charity Fraud Shame List

The Associated Press checked in with 325 charities founded in the wake of 9/11, many of which are still active. Most of them were doing nice things! But a bunch were doing ethically dubious, borderline fraudulent things, frittering away millions of benevolently bestowed dollars.

Examples:

Arizona resident Kevin Held raised $713,000 to create a 9/11 memorial quilt "big enough to cover 25 football fields." He gave himself a a $175,000 salary, a $200 weekly car allowance, "rent reimbursement," and unreported "loans." He paid his family members "consulting fees." He said a Catholic priest was the chariman of his charity's board, but the Catholic priest wasn't even aware of it. He told lies about the origin of his charity. He will soon move into a $660,000 five-bedroom home overlooking a lake. Total memorial quilt output: "several hundred decorated sheets packed in boxes at a storage unit."

Connecticut resident John Michelotti raised $140,000 for his Flag of Honor/Flag of Heroes Project. He used the money to launch a for-profit company that produces flags printed with the names of 9/11's dead for $5 in China, then sells them for $25 a pop stateside under the guise of contributing to a "fund to help those that were affected." He hasn't donated any proceeds to charity, yet, but he says he's going to start soon! He will donate 70 cents from the sale of each flag (pictured above) and keep $19.30 for himself. Oh, and he gave $15,000 charity once. Good for him.

Read more examples at Gawker.com

Its a shame they don't include those dirtbags phone numbers and home addresses so we can all stop by to let them know how we feel about how they handled their share of the charity money.



Luckily, it looks like a few prosecutors are looking into these cases so maybe those
will get what's coming to them.


2 states say they are reviewing 9/11 charities

Officials in Arizona and New York have launched investigations into charities that claim to serve 9/11 causes, probing whether they failed to follow state laws - and may have misspent millions intended to help and honor those affected by the terrorist attacks.

The announcements follow an investigation by The Associated Press last week that uncovered dozens of 9/11 charities across the country that didn't disclose publicly how they raised and spent money, didn't keep promises to create memorials or contribute to 9/11 causes, or did more to help their creators than those affected by the terrorist attacks.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office said state lawyers are conducting their own "broad review" of 9/11 charities to make certain that all documentation for charities related to the 2001 terrorist attacks is in order and that all rules on fundraising and public disclosure are being followed.

AP
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posted on Aug, 30 2011 @ 07:35 PM
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9/11 was one big scam whereby lots of pockets were lined handsomely.
Wait until people start to realise the true extent of the con. There were few if any
real victims on 9/11, most being fabricated computer generated entities with no
real existences. Think of all the compensation fund and donated monies, all going
to the perpetrators of the hoax and their accomplices.



posted on Aug, 30 2011 @ 07:39 PM
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Originally posted by pshea38
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9/11 was one big scam whereby lots of pockets were lined handsomely.
Wait until people start to realise the true extent of the con. There were few if any
real victims on 9/11, most being fabricated computer generated entities with no
real existences. Think of all the compensation fund and donated monies, all going
to the perpetrators of the hoax and their accomplices.


You may have something there. If the people who supposedly died in the attacks didn't really die, paying off their family members with all that "charity" money would be a brilliant way to keep everybody quiet.

I'll bet if they really did tell the truth, the government would make them disappear for real.


The guys in the article just got caught doing what the government does best. Like the bumper sticker says; "Don't steal, the government hates competition!"



posted on Aug, 30 2011 @ 08:25 PM
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Originally posted by FortAnthem

Originally posted by pshea38
reply to post by FortAnthem
 


9/11 was one big scam whereby lots of pockets were lined handsomely.
Wait until people start to realise the true extent of the con. There were few if any
real victims on 9/11, most being fabricated computer generated entities with no
real existences. Think of all the compensation fund and donated monies, all going
to the perpetrators of the hoax and their accomplices.


You may have something there. If the people who supposedly died in the attacks didn't really die, paying off their family members with all that "charity" money would be a brilliant way to keep everybody quiet.

I'll bet if they really did tell the truth, the government would make them disappear for real.


The guys in the article just got caught doing what the government does best. Like the bumper sticker says; "Don't steal, the government hates competition!"


Wow. I expected to be flamed, but what I wrote and what you have just written, is the truth.
All insiders involved have obvious vested interests, and it is not in these interests for them to talk.
The rest, like the conmen in the OP, are most probably opportunistic criminals, who just had
the 'misfortune' to come up against the more seasoned type.

www.cluesforum.info



posted on Aug, 31 2011 @ 08:34 AM
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You may have something there. If the people who supposedly died in the attacks didn't really die, paying off their family members with all that "charity" money would be a brilliant way to keep everybody quiet.


No, no. You completely misunderstand his delusion. You see he is not saying that some people really didn't die. He is saying they really didn't exist in the first place!!! So there are no family members to pay off because there are no real families! However, you do have to pay off thousands of folks to pretend that they knew the make believe victims. And then pray to God that in ten years not one of those thousands of folks speaks up about be part of a huge conspiracy.



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