Cops for Kids charity accused of $4.2M fraud
CLEVELAND — The Ohio Cops for Kids charity is accused of bilking donors out of $4.2 million while the charity spent less than 2 percent of its money on charitable donations, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Ohio attorney general’s office.
Attorney General Mike DeWine called the Ashtabulabased program a sham. The two directors of the program, Thomas Duffy and Charles Hitzel, and Telcom Enterprises of Ohio, the telemarketing company the charity used to solicit donations, are all named as defendants in the lawsuit.
The charity has no affiliation with any police agencies.
DeWine said his office will refer the investigation to county prosecutors, but he doesn’t believe there is a strong enough criminal case to pursue charges.