Cops for Kids char­ity ac­cused of $4.2M fraud

The Columbus Dispatch - - Metro&state - By Adam Fer­rise

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.

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