Phony Charity Charged with Exploiting Veterans’ Causes
MILLIONS RAISED THROUGH MISREPRESENTATIONS TO DONORS
Federal and state agencies have charged the founder of “Help the Vets, Inc.,” Neil G. Paulson, Sr., for raising millions of dollars in a mail and telemarketing scheme that marketed bogus veterans’ causes to scam donors. According to law enforcement officials, most of the $20 million that Americans donated to Paulson’s various charities, operating under names like Veterans Emergency Blood Bank and Vets Fighting Breast Cancer, went to fundraising, administrative expenses, and to Paulson’s own salary and benefits. Consumers should research charities before making donations. A list of groups that have been the subject of lawsuits involving individuals allegedly lying to donors with respect to veterans’ causes can be found in the following AARP Bulletin article covering the Paulson scam.