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Drug Firms Fined For Using Nonprofits As Shield...

It is going to cost two drug companies a combined nearly $125 million to settle claims by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that they funded nonprofits to as a way to get their pharmaceuticals used by patients. Japanese firm Astellas Pharma will pay $100 million and Amgen in Thousand Oaks, Calif, will pay $24.75 […]

Nonprofit Finance Director Pleads Guilty To Fraud...

The former finance director of a now shuttered charity pleaded guilty last week to one count of wire fraud and faces up to 30 years in prison for scamming cash over a five-year period. Jessica Childs of Litchfield, Maine also faces a fine of up to $1 million and a restitution order. The exactly amount […]

Former Marine, NPO President Nabbed in Separate Scams...

It’s jail time for two former nonprofit leaders who scammed different organizations and donors out of nearly $500,000. John Shannon Simpson is looking at 20 years in prison and possible fines of $250,000, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Sherri A. Lydon, District of South Carolina. Simpson, who founded the charity Marines and Mickey, pleaded […]

Cop’s Widow Arrested On Theft Charge...

The new volunteer treasurer of a charity for police families in New York City discovered more than $400,000 had been embezzled from the organization. The former volunteer treasurer of Survivors of the Shield has been charged with theft. Lorraine Shanley, 68, of Staten Island, N.Y., allegedly used the money for landscaping services, her son’s legal […]

Legal: Jail Was Close-By...

Law enforcement officials have long subscribed to the thought that most criminals get caught because they aren’t very bright. Take Gale Hartman, for example. The 80-year-old pleaded no contest to charges he stolen $119,000 from the Venture Police Community Foundation in Venture, Calif. The theft occurred over a four-year period while he was the organization’s […]

Law & Order: Finance Director Headed To Prison...

The former finance director of a Fairbanks, Alaska nonprofit is headed to federal lockup after pleading guilty to misapplying federal funds and filing a false tax return. David Michael McGraw, 39, of Fairbanks, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Beistline to serve 18 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release. […]

Nonprofit Exec Charged A Second Time...

A woman on probation for defrauding a Minnesota nonprofit was charged with theft from yet another. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced Cynthia Waight was charged with one count of identity theft and one count of theft by swindle. She was investigated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for allegedly taking more […]

GRYYT Acquired Assets of Rally4...

GRYYT, LLC, a Denver, Colo.-based social impact intelligence company has acquired the assets of Rally4 and its mGive service line platform which operated from Greenwood Village, Colo. Rally4 and mGive have helped raise nearly $300 million for over 2,000 nonprofits since their founding in 2008 with a text-to-give platform. Terms of the deal were not […]

Lutheran World Relief, IMA World Health Complete Merger...

Two international humanitarian nonprofits effectively have merged into one organization. Baltimore, Md.-based Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and IMA World Health in Washington, D.C., created a combined organization of 550 staff, with one chief executive officer and identical boards of directors. Ambassador Daniel V. Speckhard, president and CEO of LWR, will lead the new organization. He’s […]

United Way Affiliates In Michigan, Northwest Will Merge...

Two small United Way affiliates along the Washington-Oregon border will merge and another in Michigan will combine with a larger affiliate. United Way of Southwest Michigan (UWSM) in St. Joseph, Mich., announced that it will begin merging with Van Buren County United Way (VBCUW) in Paw Paw, Mich., just outside Kalamazoo. United Way of Walla […]