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Former Cop Pleads Guilty To Charity Theft...

A former Aurora, Colo., police officer pleaded guilty to theft of money from a charity for orphans. Roland Albert was charged with stealing just short of $80,000 from the Aurora Police Orphans Fund ($71,147) and the Brotherhood of the Fallen ($7,753). He was treasurer for both of the charity funds. Albert was arrested in Orlando, […]

Protecting Intellectual Property And Creatives...

It used to be called plagiarism but now it is considered theft. Nonprofits need to ensure what they put out in newsletters and on website is original material. Leaders must also ensure that original material is not being swiped by others. As Peri H. Pakroo points out in her book “Starting and Building a Nonprofit,” […]

Court Declares Postal Rate Increase Unlawful...

The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) failed to follow the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) when it allowed a 10-percent increase in First Class postage. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (D.C.) Circuit ruled that that decision was unlawful and should be reviewed, siding with plaintiff Douglas Carlson, a postal watchdog. “Although the […]

Attorney Pleads Guilty To Scamming Nonprofit...

Kevin E. Creed, 67, of Litchfield, Conn., waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty last week in New Haven, Conn., federal court to wire fraud related to a scheme in which he stole approximately $1.4 million from a charity he organized. According to court documents and statements made in court, Creed is an […]

Former Native Women’s Coalition Executives Charged...

The former chairwoman of the Montana Native Women’s Coalition in Billings. Mont., was arraigned on charges in a 10-count indictment accusing her, and the Coalition’s ex-treasurer, of stealing federal grant funds to make unapproved trips to Las Vegas and to receive other unauthorized benefits, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said. Meredith McConnell, 50, of Busby, pleaded […]

ADRFCO Merges Into Nonprofit Alliance...

The Association of Direct Response Fundraising Counsel (ADRFCO) has merged into The Nonprofit Alliance (TNPA). Both organizations are in Washington, D.C. ADRFCO will become a Council under the TNPA organizational umbrella and continue its work to represent the sector’s interests before state and federal government, and to educate nonprofit organizations and the general public about […]

Law & Order: Nonprofit Officials Enter Guilty Pleas...

It’s three years’ probation and home confinement for a former nonprofit official. Steven F. Harvin, 53, of New Haven, Conn., was sentenced in federal district court in Hartford (Conn.) to serve 60 days of probation in home confinement for stealing almost $33,000 from Zezzo House Corp. It is a federal case because of funding from […]

Common Cause Asks DoJ To Investigate Kobach...

Common Cause has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and asked the federal Department of Justice (DoJ) to examine the fundraising practices of Kris Kobach, the former Kansas secretary of state now running for U.S. Senate. Via the complaint, Common Cause seeks an investigation of Kobach, Kobach for Senate, and We Build […]

California Sues Troop Charity With Political Ties...

The California Attorney General’s Office has filed suit against another charity, claiming donors were misled and unauthorized pictures and quotes of veterans were used to seek donations, with the charitable gifts used to support political campaigns. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed suit against Move America Forward (MAF) in Sacramento County Superior Court. Established in […]

Former Administrator Accused Of Embezzlement...

A former payroll administrator of a North Carolina nonprofit was charged on Friday with embezzling more than $200,000 via prepaid debit cards and using the money for her personal benefit. Susan Watson, 41, of Gastonia, N.C., was charged with wire fraud, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years and $250,000 fine. She was […]