CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) –
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.
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