Four charities that claimed to be helping cancer patients were actually lining the pockets of their executives, the Federal Trade Commission said in a complaint filed against the Cancer Fund of America, Children’s Cancer Fund of America, the Breast Cancer Society, and Cancer Support Services.
In one of the largest charity fraud cases ever filed, the executives stand accused of stealing more than $187 million from consumers, USA Today reports. They said the money went to pay for chemotherapy treatments, hospice care, and medicine, but in reality it went toward elaborate vacations, concert tickets, and college tuition, the complaint stated. “The defendants’ egregious scheme effectively deprived legitimate cancer charities and cancer patients of much-needed funds and support,” said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “I’m pleased that the FTC and our state partners are acting to end this appalling scheme.”
Source: The Week