O.C. char­ity set­tles suit over costly trips

Los Angeles Times - - Daily Market Roundup - Nathan Oli­varez-Giles nathan.oli­varezgiles@ latimes.com

An Orange County char­ity agreed Tues­day to pay the state $100,000 to set­tle al­le­ga­tions that it spent thou­sands of dol­lars in do­na­tions in­tended for burn vic­tims on ex­pen­sive trips for its of­fi­cers.

The Assn. for Fire­fight­ers and Paramedics Inc. in Santa Ana “be­trayed the trust of donors by squan­der­ing do­na­tions on such things as an ex­pen­sive Caribbean cruise and trips to posh re­sorts,” Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown said in a state­ment.

The at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice al­leged in a law­suit filed last year that from 2005 to 2008 the group’s board mem­bers spent $33,000 in donor funds on trips to re­sorts in San Diego and Las Ve­gas as well as on a Caribbean cruise for the board and their fam­i­lies be­fore a meet­ing in Florida.

The as­so­ci­a­tion told donors through tele­mar­keters and on its web­site that do­na­tions would be used to help pay for the care of burn vic­tims “within a rea­son­able ra­dius of your area so that the im­pact of your do­na­tion can be felt close to home,” the com­plaint said.

But while funds were col­lected na­tion­wide, they were al­legedly spent on burn vic­tims only in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia and none of the do­na­tions were used to sup­port fire de­part­ments or paramedics, the suit said.

The as­so­ci­a­tion de­nied any wrong­do­ing but agreed to let the at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice have over­sight of its fi­nances for three years, ac­cord­ing to the set­tle­ment. The as­so­ci­a­tion could not be reached for com­ment.

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