Attorney General Chris Koster, joined by 49 other state attorneys general and the Federal Trade Commission, has filed a lawsuit against four so-called cancer charities and their operators, who Koster alleges have received more than $187 million by scamming consumers throughout the country – including cheating Missourians of at least $3 million.
The states and the FTC allege the defendants represented themselves as legitimate charities that provide direct support to cancer patients, children with cancer, and breast cancer patients in the United States. In fact, the complaint alleges more than 90 percent of consumers’ contributions benefited only the operators, their families and friends, and professional fundraisers.
The complaint targets:
· Cancer Fund of America, Inc. and Cancer Support Services, Inc., and the corporations’ president, James Reynolds, Sr., and chief financial officer, Kyle Effler.
· Children’s Cancer Fund of America, Inc., and its president and executive director, Rose Perkins.
· Breast Cancer Society, Inc., and its executive director and former president, James Reynolds II.
“Uh oh! I must be in trouble,” thought Branson Cracker Barrel waitress Cindi Grady as she followed her boss toward the restaurant’s front door. She tried to think of what she could have possibly done wrong. Cindi began getting a little nervous. The events leading up to the moment started last summer when Gary and Roxann Tackett from Quitman, Ark., frequented the restaurant while visiting Branson. Cindi would wait on them. “They are the most friendly people in the world,” Cindi said. One day they asked Cindi if there was anything she really needed.