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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is suing the Cops for Kids charity and their telemarketer Telcom Enterprises.

According to the lawsuit, Cops for Kids collected more than $4.2 million from Ohio donors while it was operating from 2005-2015, but less than 2 percent of that money was actually given to any charity.

DeWine says over $3.34 million was given to Telcom Enterprises and $802,662 was spent on salaries and overhead. Only $73, 840 actually went toward charity — that’s only about 80 cents per $100.

“We believe Cops for Kids is a sham operation that has defrauded Ohioans out of millions of dollars while performing almost no legitimate charitable work,” adds DeWine.

Investigators say Cops for Kids only sent a few boxes of teddy bears to police departments, wrote checks to other agencies and funded some $500 college scholarships issued by other organizations.

The organizers of Cops for Kids are identified by DeWine as Thomas Duffy and Charles Hitzel, both of Ashtabula.



Article Courtesy of WOIO Cleveland 19 News

Picture Courtesy of kali9 and Getty Images

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